As the University of Louisville Main Belknap Campus expands, it continues to absorb the urban and industrial properties that have historically adjoined the edge of campus. Consequently, a number of local and state roads run through the Campus, along with railroad and interstate overpasses. Working with UofL, their Foundation, and the extended design team, SHA provided Architectural Services on the East Belknap Campus Traffic Improvements Project to achieve the two prime goals of improved pedestrian safety and overall campus beautification.
All around the new Roundabout and along the three-quarter-mile of impacted roadways, the safety and visual improvements included: new, wider sidewalks and athletic tracks; improved pedestrian-friendly lights, signage, and benches; dedicated bicycle lanes; burial of overhead Utility lines; new UofL-themed columns, banner lights, paver patterned logos, and gateway entries; new aquatic-themed fountain and theatre-themed outdoor classroom; new shade structures with opportunities for donor plaques; and new athletic-themed ceremonial courtyards.
In response to the state funding source and to the extensive area of the project, the team focused on careful community outreach, coordinating with the many impacted University departments and offices, the local St. Joseph neighborhood, local businesses, impacted athletic facilities, various transportation and utility agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, local parks systems, and other projects potentially impacted by the related Masterplanning efforts. SHA’s role as architect on the concurrently constructed First Build renovation project and related Speed School Engineering Garage project, both near the new Roundabout, mutually benefited all projects for maximizing site access and beautification.