Murphy Courtyard Renovations

To help you stay current on the renovations, we’ve installed a webcam so you can check on the construction progress during business hours.

Construction webcam

Demolition to Murphy Courtyard, which began the weekend of Aug. 15, is nearing completion, and we are almost ready to start the first phase of enhancements. 

This phase, to be completed by Oct. 1, will entail basic installation work and a few added touches of green. During Phase 1, a drainage system, load-bearing subsystem to support emergency vehicles (like fire trucks), irrigation system, sidewalks, and sod will all be installed, and a few trees will be planted. Once Phase 1 is complete, we will be able to start on Phase 2 as fundraising efforts permit. During Phase 2, the remaining scissor ramps will be removed near the Orr-Major buiding, landscaping, retaining walls (seat walls), site lighting, waterfall feature, and benches will be installed. Additionally, more green will be added by planting trees, shrubs, and perennials and canopies will be replaced. 

Vendor parking

As a reminder, while the courtyard is closed, vendor parking is being re-routed. All vendors should use either the hospital dock off 39th Avenue or the university/dietary dock accessible from Olathe Boulevard. Electronic signs with this information were displayed in advance and new signage off Olathe Boulevard has been installed to ensure vendors can readily identify this parking area. If you work with vendors, please share this parking information with them.


As mentioned, we will be relying on fundraising money for Phase 2 as well as future phases. The Landscape & Campus Beautification Department has developed a fundraising site with KU Endowment. Through this giving site, you can designate your donation to be used specifically toward the Murphy Courtyard project. The Landscape & Campus Beautification Department plays an essential part in supporting and enhancing the academic environment, as proven by the recent Green Star Award designation. A gift to the landscape endowment fund provides a way for alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to make a vibrant and highly visible contribution to the campus environement.

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Additional project information:

Murphy Courtyard groundbreaking
L to R: Chief Rick Johnson, Christine Howard, Ronn Fowler, Steffani Webb, Chris Jehle, Dr. Doug Girod, and David Rau

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, July 14, to kick off the renovation of the Murphy Courtyard at KU Medical Center. View more photos.

Last modified: Sep 16, 2014