The University of Louisville is planning a new $73.5 million science and engineering classroom building on its Belknap Campus. The new structure is planned to be 3 or 4 stories and will also be the new home of the recently announced Institute for Renewable Energy Research. The new building will provide modern laboratory space and offer plenty of opportunity for collaboration. The building remains a proposal at this point, but more details should emerge in coming months.
Just last week, the University of Louisville received a $20 million gift from Henry and Rebecca Conn for study of renewable energies. The new program will bear their name: Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship. No official location for the program or structure have been released (besides that it will be located at the Belknap Campus), but we believe it will likely be located on the Speed School of Engineering campus. The move is hoped to push Louisville and Kentucky to the forefront of renewable energy research and environmental stewardship.