University of Louisville Adds a Green Roof at New Business School

Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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Henry Heuser inspects the new green roof at the dedication. (Courtesy UL)

Henry Heuser inspects the new green roof at the dedication. (Courtesy UL)

The University of Louisville opened an addition to its business school building on the Belknap Campus last week. The new 7,000-square-foot flatiron-shaped wing collects the University’s entrepreneurship program under one roof and provides office space, UL President James Ramsey said at the dedication. Space for the Equine Industry Program is also included.

Designed by Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan Architects, also the designers of the original 1980s-era College of Business building, the $3.4 million dollar addition includes other sustainable features like radiant heat panels along the windows, sun-shade shelves to reduce heat gain, and emphasis on natural lighting to reduce use of electric lights.

One unique feature of the building is its M. Krista Loyd Skygarden, a sedum-covered green roof that drains to a ground level rain garden that pretty much guarantees any rain hitting this building won’t end up in the city’s sewer system (or flooding the roadways and basements around UL. Ramsey also said the roof will reduce the HVAC load of the new building by 25 percent.

A ground-level view of the building after the jump.

Michael Graves Dressed as the Humana Building

Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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Architect Michael Graves (far left) wears his Humana Building. (Courtesy Fantastic Journal)

Architect Michael Graves (far left) wears his Humana Building. (Courtesy Fantastic Journal)

Growing up in Louisville, I was vaguely aware that the Humana Building on the corner of Fifth and Main streets was an important building, but it wasn’t until I was in architecture school that I realized just how important (one of TIME’s ten most important buildings of the 1980s). From Paul Goldberger’s review of the building in the New York Times (1985):

But Humana has been thought of as the real test for Mr. Graves. For this is his largest urban building, the sign of how well he can make the move from small-scale buildings to large ones. And beyond its significance for the reputation of Michael Graves, Humana is a striking example of a large, prosperous corporation seeking to build a headquarters structure that would stand as a statement against conventional, modernist corporate architecture. It is surely the most ardent such statement since A.T.&T. commissioned Philip Johnson and John Burgee to build its split-pediment-topped granite skyscraper in New York City – a building to which the new Humana headquarters will inevitably be compared.

The photo above from 1996 appeared in Vanity Fair where Goldberger now writes and depicts the remaining group known as the New York Five (left to right, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman, with John Hejduk not pictured) wearing buildings they designed. (Via Fantastic Journal)

Rezoning for Belknap Crossings Development Approved

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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South 4 Lofts looking south on Fourth Street. (Courtesy 5G Studio)

South 4 Lofts looking south on Fourth Street. (Courtesy 5G Studio)

A large student housing development near the University of Louisville in the Lucky Horseshoe neighborhood is moving forward. The project, formally announced last fall as Belknap Crossings, is being developed by the Owen family with Metro Council member  Tom Owen and his wife Phyllis Owen (who hold a majority 51 percent stake) and their children Andrew Owen and Elisa Owen. Plans for the seven-acre site include 220 living units for up to 650 students, 20,000 square feet of retail space, and 850 parking spaces under the building and in a garage. Belknap Crossings was designed by 5G Studio from Dallas and could cost $40 million.

Now, according to the Courier-Journal, the Louisville Metro Council voted (sans Owen) to approve rezoning the site from M-2 Industrial to EZ-1 Enterprise Zone. The project could break ground this summer and open in in the fall of 2013.

Car-Free Happy Hour on Wednesday, June 20

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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According to the Car-Free Happy Hour Facebook event page, “Car-Free Happy Hour will be kicking it up two notches this month with classic video game and pinball fun at the ultra-hip Zanzabar!” As is usual with these gatherings, people interested in transportation options other than the automobile will be on hand for a lively discussion on transportation and more. It’s a great opportunity for a bike ride or trying out TARC like you’ve been meaning to. So head on over to Zanzabar (2100 South Preston Street) between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. next Wednesday.

Small Urban Farm Growing Atop Parking Structure

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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An urban farm atop a parking garage. (Branden Klayko)

An urban farm atop a parking garage. (Branden Klayko)

A tiny urban farm is growing on top of a parking garage at Fourth and Chestnut streets in Downtown Louisville. We hear that the garden belongs to the adjacent eatery Miss C’s of Kentucky located in the Henry Clay building. The garage will one day be wrapped by City Property Group’s proposed Indigo Hotel, but we wouldn’t mind seeing its rooftop also covered by more urban agriculture!

Business Watch: Burgers & Gelato on Frankfort Avenue

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
New eatery planned on Frankfort Avenue. (Branden Klayko)

New eatery planned on Frankfort Avenue. (Branden Klayko)

The concept looks pretty simple: lunch and dessert. Not much to report here, but a new eatery called Caspian Burgers & Gelato is under construction on Frankfort Avenue in an unassuming single-story storefront next to Heine Bros. Coffee in Crescent Hill. Feel free to share what you know.

Filed Under:  Crescent Hill, Louisville

Preservation Alert! Vote on Landmarks Ordinance Today

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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Preservation Louisville

We began receiving frantic emails last night from all sorts of preservation groups like Preservation Louisville, OPEN Louisville, Preservation Kentucky, and NPP Kentuckiana about a surprise meeting of the Metro Council Planning, Zoning, and Land Use Committee where Council Member David Yates’ ill-conceived Landmarks Ordinance will be voted on today. If you can make it, take a late lunch and stop by Metro Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 1:30 p.m. today to show your opposition for this block-headed bill that could severely hinder the practice of historic preservation in our oh-so-historic city. According to NPP Kentuckiana, Council members Tom Owen and Dan Johnson are expected to oppose the ordinance, meaning only one more vote is needed to defeat it.

A letter from Preservation Kentucky after the jump.

Filed Under:  Louisville, Preservation

Downtown’s Derelict Dinosaur Found Hiding Out in Park Hill

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
Dinosaur found in Park Hill. (Branden Klayko)

Dinosaur found in Park Hill. (Branden Klayko)

Way back in the winter of 2008, we brought you breaking news about the disappearance of a large, blue dinosaur from downtown. The large sculpture was then perched in the shadow of the former LG&E electric tower at the foot of 8th Street, ostensibly guarding the Louisville Science Center from invading river creatures. Needless to say, three-and-a-half years later, we assumed the dino had gone extinct (or taken up a new gig at some new theme park). It turns out the triceratops had just been hiding out behind the Great Northern Manufacturing warehouse in the Park Hill neighborhood near the corner of 14th and Breckinridge streets. In fact, it’s been there so long that it appears on Google maps! It remains uncertain whether the dinosaur will return to Downtown or remain at its new home.

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