The Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) announced the recipients of the 2017 Cornerstone Awards at their annual celebration of downtown development last week at The Brown Hotel rooftop garden event space. The Cornerstone Awards were given to 13 significant Downtown projects completed in 2016, which represents nearly $100 million invested in Downtown Louisville.

In addition, the prestigious S. Russell Smith, Jr. Awards of Excellence were presented. This year’s private-sector winner is Louis Straub, II, President of Independence Bank. Pat Johnson, Traffic Engineering Manager with Louisville Metro Public Works & Assets is the recipient of the award for the public sector.

Guests network on The Brown Hotel Rooftop space. Photo by: Bill Wine
Rebecca Matheny, LDP Executive Director, Barbara Sexton Smith, Metro Councilwoman, Louis Straub, II, President, Independence Bank, and S. Russell Smith, Jr. Award of Excellence winner for the Private Sector, and Mayor Greg Fischer
Photo by: Bill Wine

2017 Cornerstone Awards

 (Projects investing $1 million or more that were completed over previous year – construction costs only)

Louisville Metro Housing Authority for the $8.4 million adaptive reuse and expansion of 760 South Hancock, a three-story, 55,160 sq. ft. building for 32 senior and disabled apartments.

Location: 310 S. Hancock St.

Lead Architect: Luckett & Associates

Angel’s Envy for the $27 million renovation of the former Vermont American Building to create the Angel’s Envy Distillery, a two-story 90,000 sq. ft. distillery

Location: 500 W. Main St.

Lead Architect: Joseph & Joseph Architects

The Brown Hotel for the $1 million addition of a rooftop event venue, which includes a 4,000 square-foot garden and green roof.  

Location: 335 W. Broadway

Lead Architect: Joseph & Joseph Architects

Taurus Capital Management LLC for the $1.12 million adaptive reuse of The Fincastle Building. The six-story, 50,550 sq. ft. former office building includes 40 apartments, office, and retail space. 

Location: 305 W. Broadway

Lead Architect: Construction Management Consultants

Louisville Glassworks Hotel Partners for the construction of an $18.5 million, Holiday Inn Express & Suites. The eight-story project consists of 145 rooms. 

Location: 800 W. Market St.

Lead Architect: Butler, Rosenbury & Partners

LHR Partners Ltd for the $14 million renovation of the Hyatt Regency Louisville. The project included 393 upgraded guest rooms.

Location: 311 S. Fourth St.

General Contractor: Koetter Construction, Inc.

Jefferson Community and Technical College for the $2.1 million restoration of the JCTC Seminary Courtyard, a 35,800 square-foot green space that was returned to the original Seminary’s plan. The project also included waterproofing the building’s foundation.  

Location: 109 E. Broadway

Lead Architect: EOP Architects

The University of Louisville Real Estate Foundation and NTS Development Company for the construction of a $9.6 million, six-story parking garage containing 835 spaces. Additionally, the University of Louisville’s J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Parking Garage used innovative LED lighting in addition to other iconic architectural features.

Location: 220 S. Preston St.

Lead Architect: Tucker Booker Donhoff Partners

KentuckyOne Health for the $2.9 million expansion and renovation of the Jewish Hospital Emergency Department (a part of KentuckyOne Health). The 5,000 sq. ft. expansion includes a larger registration area, 2-room trauma bay, five-room critical decision area, and four additional patient rooms.

Location: 200 Abraham Flexner Way

Lead Architect: Messer Construction & Realm Construction

KMAC Museum for the $3 million renovation of a four-story, 27,000 sq. ft. historic building to make the facility more efficient as a 21st century art institution and community space. The project also includes a new café.   

Location: 715 W. Main St.

Lead Architect: Christoff:Finio Architects

NitNeil Partners for the $3.4 million adaptive reuse of the historic Kurfees Paint Building into Extra Space Storage—a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled self-storage facility with covered loading bays and modern leasing office.

Location: 201 E. Market St.

Lead Architect: Edward Eiche

 St. Francis School, Inc. for the $1.95 million expansion of the Downtown Campus featuring a new student activity center, a large multi-purpose room (“The Space for Thought”), a MakerSpace, a conference room, administrative offices and a new entrance/lobby at the historic main entrance.

Location: 233 W. Broadway

Lead Architect: Lake-Flato Architects

EDL Holdings LLC for the $3.5 million adaptive reuse of a four-story, 29,240 sq. ft. building into the Vu Guesthouse, a 34-room boutique-style hotel, upscale spa, and lobby bar. This project is part of a larger entertainment campus.

Location: 822 S. Floyd St.

Lead Architect: Ben Palmerball Architects



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