University of Louisville’s campus evolution ‘has sparked a lot of pride’

Lots of big changes at the University of Louisville this semester! We’re thrilled to have been part of one of them: the major renovation of the Student Activities Center (SAC). From the Louisville Courier Journal:

University of Louisville alumnus Kelly Hodges remembers the day the Student Activities Center opened in 1990 and changed the commuter-centric campus forever. The opening helped spur a transformation that changed the Belknap campus near Third Street from one that primarily served commuters to one that’s now home to thousands of students, he said, The campus’ evolution over the last 30 years “has sparked a lot of pride,” said Hodges, the chairman of U of L’s alumni association board.

This summer, the university is making yet another leap forward by finishing three major projects on campus: The $80 million construction of the Belknap Academic Building, which will house crucial new classrooms and laboratories; the $40 million renovation of the Student Activities Center (commonly called the SAC) designed by Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects; and the $63 million expansion of Cardinal Stadium, which is almost complete.

A different student experience

By creating a culture of student involvement, the University of Louisville is building a campus that bears few similarities to the way it was 30 years ago. The renovation and expansion of the Student Activities Center was all about students. With a higher demand for spaces to hold meetings and events, Sherman Carter Barnhart provided a design solution within the 151,233 SF Renovation & 32,775 SF Expansion of SAC to have flexible meeting rooms, provide a recognizable entrance, create student “hangout” space, and an inviting, vibrant, day-lit interior. The major project challenges were economically planning the new conference spaces within the existing space available and addressing the drab, dark, outdated feeling the poured concrete interior gave the building.

Through collaboration with the university administration, staff and students, Sherman Carter Barnhart designed a conference center that met UofL’s goals and responded to the project challenges.

The design provides pre-function and hangout space along a major student walkway. Large expanses of glass visually connect the building activities with the students outside. The pre-function space wraps the meeting rooms and opens to the existing building creating an open flow with the dining facilities, maximizing the synergy between the dining and conference areas. To achieve this relationship, the bookstore will be relocated to the east side and the dining venues will be relocated to the west side. Administrative efficiency will be improved and student space will be expanded by renovating offices and meeting rooms on the center’s third floor.

Updated Student Activities Center with iconic clock tower New Addition at Night. New Interior Lobby on East side. The first floor lounge inside the newly renovated Student Activities Center. The ballroom inside the newly renovated Student Activities Center. The ballroom lounge inside the newly renovated Student Activities Center. The Cardinal lounge inside the newly renovated Student Activities Center

The $40 million project, which lasted two years, was paid for through private sources, facility funds and a $9.6 million agency bond funded by a student activities fee, said, John Karman UofL spokesman.

Congratulations to Louisville.(Read more about SAC: http://bit.ly/2nThpN6, and all the projects: https://cjky.it/2LcRkSm)

 

 


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SAFETY FIRST. SAFETY ALWAYS.  Sherman Carter Barnhart is proud to have been at the forefront of school safety design, innovating in everything from vehicular setbacks to physical barriers to building geometry, visual alarms and lighting.  Were proud to have the Kentucky Center for School Safety visit Floyd Central High School (pictured here), which is one example of our work in school safety design. Click the link to learn more. http://bit.ly/2O3mNJP

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Wed like to introduce Kentuckys Lowest First Cost High School  — Hart County High School. Hart County opened in 2018 and is a state-of-the-art 21st Century High School that also includes the Green River College & Career Academy.  “Our design team from Sherman Carter Barnhart listened to our needs and concerns and designed a beautiful new high school under budget that exceeded our expectations.” _  Nathan Smith, Superintendent

 

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Hope the kids show their appreciation by helping take care of and respecting it...

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