Louisville Downtown Partnership recognizes significant Downtown projects at the Cornerstone Awards ceremony at The Mercury Ballroom on Apr 13, 2015.
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Louisville Downtown Partnership
LOUISVILLE DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP RECOGNIZES SIGNIFICANT DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WITH AWARDS
(Louisville, KY)—The Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) announced the recipients of the Cornerstone Awards to a crowd of several hundred people at its Cornerstone Award celebration on Monday, April 13th at The Mercury Ballroom, with Steve Poe of Poe Companies providing the keynote address. The Cornerstone Awards were given to significant Downtown projects completed in 2013 and 2014, which represents nearly $150 million invested in Downtown Louisville. In addition, The Bricks and Mortar Award and The S. Russell Smith, Jr. Award of Excellence were presented.
“We are honoring twenty significant development projects that range from housing, arts venues, university buildings, hotels, retail, and even a major stabilization undertaking that sets the stage for further substantial development here in Downtown,” said Rebecca Matheny, LDP’s Executive Director. “Thanks to many years of hard work on the part of countless stakeholders, Downtown Louisville is experiencing an exciting period of growth and revival in our Central Business District. Our city’s collective commitment to excellence and ongoing collaboration has ushered in this new period of tremendous growth and opportunity,” she added.
The S. Russell Smith, Jr. Award of Excellence is named in honor of Russell Smith, Jr. who was a long-time board member and chairman of the Louisville Downtown Management District (LDMD) which, along with the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation now comprises LDP. This year’s private-sector winner was Sam Moseley. He was the former Corporate Leasing Director for the Al J Schneider Company, managing such Downtown mainstays as Waterfront Plaza, Riverfront Plaza and the former Bank of Louisville building on Broadway. During his career, these buildings became fully leased and remain critical to the Downtown office market. Until his retirement in 2012, Moseley also worked tirelessly on behalf of the Louisville Management District as a long-time board member and active supporter. According to Matheny, “when Sam retired, Downtown Louisville lost some sparkle. In addition to his terrific personality, Sam is a tireless worker and excellent strategist. His dogged dedication to the Management District led the organization through many challenging days.”
Lt. Shawn Hensler (LMPD First Division) was the recipient of the prestigious award for the public sector. Lt. Hensler has been with LMPD since 1996. According to Matheny, “Shawn’s steady hand at the till during the unpleasant events at Waterfront Park and his daily professionalism exudes, at its core, a profound respect for others, and his willingness to listen and modify have all made Downtown better, safer and stronger. A natural collaborator, he pushes both us and his officers to work as a team for Downtown Louisville.”
LDP’s mission is to aid in facilitation and strengthening of commerce, provide maintenance assistance, beautify and enhance streetscapes, improve security and safety, and stimulate high-quality development and vitality in Louisville’s Downtown. LDP believes the economic engine of any great city starts with a strong Downtown.
For more information, go to: www.louisvilledowntown.org. LDP can be contacted at 556 S. Fourth Street; Louisville, KY 40202; (502)584-6000.
2015 CORNERSTONE AWARDS
Al J. Schneider Co. for Galt House Apartments (143 N. Fourth St.), the $2 million renovation to 50 apartments that include new countertops, tile floors, carpeting, painting and furniture. Improvements were also made to public spaces in the Galt House. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: TLS by Design
Brown-Wilson Development & Mayin, LLC for Whiskey Row Stabilization (111-119 W. Main St.), the $7 million renovation & stabilization of two historic facades and five 6-story historic warehouses with 150,000 square-feet of space for future redevelopment. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
CITY Development Group, LLC for Guthrie-Coke Lofts (566 S. Fourth St.), the $3.4 million adaptive re-use of a 4-story historic building that includes 16 apartments, office space and ground floor retail. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: CITYWorks, PLLC
CITY Development Group, LLC for The Mercury Ballroom (611 S. Fourth St.), the $1 million renovation of a 2-story building that includes a live music venue with a capacity for 900. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: CITYWorks, PLLC
Clay Commons, LLC for Hilton Garden Inn at Clay Commons (350 W. Chestnut St.), the $20 million construction of an 8-story building with 162 hotel rooms, a 14,000 square-foot rooftop bar, and 3,000 square-feet of meeting space. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: CITYWorks, PLLC
Falls City Lofts, LLC for Falls City Lofts (415 E. Market St.), the $4.2 million adaptive re-use of a 4-story, 30,000 square-foot building that includes 18 condominiums, ground floor commercial space and 11 parking spaces on the lower level. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Gant Jones, The Jones Group
Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. for Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (528 W. Main St.), the $10.5 million adaptive re-use of a 5-story, 21,129 square-foot historic building that includes an artisanal distillery, interactive exhibits highlighting the original Evan Williams’ distillery and the current Bernheim Distillery operations, meeting and event space, and a retail store. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Barnette Bagley
Indatus Main, LLC (118-122 E. Main St.), for the $10 million adaptive re-use of two joined structures – a 2-story and a 4-story building totaling approximately 57,000 square-feet. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: Stengel-Hill Architecture
RLJ Lodging Trust for the Louisville Marriott Downtown (280 W. Jefferson St.), the $6 million renovation project that includes a complete refurbishing of the 616 guest rooms and suites, common areas, concierge lounge and fitness center. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Zimmerman Weintraub Associates
Louisville Free Public Library (301 York St.), for the $10.5 million restoration of the south building, including a 335-seat auditorium, a children’s library, a teen library along with second floor classrooms and reading rooms. LFPL also restored limestone, replaced windows and made landscape improvements on Third Street, Fourth Street and the North Plaza following the installation of an underground flood mitigation system. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: Andy Knight, MKSK
Louisville Metro Government for the Muhammad Ali Center Pedway (140 N. Sixth St.), the $980,000 construction of a 170-foot, open-sided pedway connecting the Muhammad Ali Center and Plaza with Riverfront Plaza. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Joseph & Joseph
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (805 W. Main St.), for the $8 million adaptive re-use of a 2-story building for the organization’s national headquarters that includes offices, a 7,000 square-foot museum, classroom space and a gallery. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: Architection
New Directions Housing, Inc. for Wellspring Tonini Apartments (636-640 S. Shelby St.), the $2.5 million adaptive re-use of two historic buildings with 7,100 square-feet of space and construction of an additional building that includes 12 apartments. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Roger Hughes
Nucleus & University of Louisville Foundation, Inc. for the J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (300 E. Market St.), the $20.8 million construction of an 8-story office and dry lab building dedicated to improving lifelong wellness and aging care, innovation and entrepreneurship. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan Inc
Seelbach Louisville, Inc. for Seelbach Hilton (500 S. Fourth St.), the $10 million renovation of Gatsby’s on Fourth Restaurant and The Old Seelbach Bar, restoration of the lobby and ballrooms, improvements of public areas and a new business center, as well as the addition of comprehensive state-of-the-art LED lighting. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Thorntons Inc. for Thorntons (100 W. Broadway), the $3 million new construction of a 1-story, 3,360 square-foot convenience store. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Thorntons Development Inc.
University of Louisville for the U of L Instructional Building (500 S. Preston St.), the $9 million renovation that includes redesigned instructional space with two new 180-seat interactive lecture halls, small group learning labs and classrooms, a new student lounge and expanded student study areas. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: EOP Architects
Waterfront Development Corporation for Waterfront Park Big Four Bridge (River Rd. at Clay St.), the $12 million renovation of a former railroad bridge into a 2,525 foot-long, multi-use bicycle and pedestrian pathway spanning the Ohio River connecting Kentucky with Indiana. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: Hargreaves Associates
WDRB Media for WDRB/WMYO TV (624 W. Muhammad Ali. Blvd.), the $2 million expansion of a 2-story, 11,500 square-foot building that includes office space for news and sales staff and the addition of a second studio. Completed in 2014
Lead Architect: Lichtefeld, Inc.
BRICKS AND MORTAR
Louisville Metro Government for (500 Block of South Fourth Streetscape), the $500,000 improvements on the west side of the 500 block of South Fourth Street that include new granite curbs, sidewalk paving and street furniture. Completed in 2013
Lead Architect: MKSK