Louisville Urban League

Louisville, Kentucky

This 24-acre, multi-sport complex located in Louisville's Russell neighborhood hosts a variety of local, regional, and national track meets, other sporting events, concerts, and community programming. The facility features 90,000 SF of floor space with a 4,000 seat, 200-meter banked indoor trackā€”one of only nine of its kind in the nation. The facility also includes competition areas for all jumps, vaults, and throws, as well as a 400-meter outdoor track.

The project's mechanical design, funded entirely by grants and donations, proved to be cost-effective and adaptable to fit the community's needs. At a moment's notice, the indoor track's Mondo hydraulic floor can be lowered to provide space to add a stage and floor seating to host concerts and a variety of other events. Additionally, the complex includes a 4-lane mini-bowling alley, an interactive rock-climbing wall, and a multi-purpose space that is used for educational programming for the Louisville community.

The $53 million campus sits on a registered brownfield site, which was the home of a 19th century tobacco plant. The land had been a blighted piece of real estate for decades. Now, the new sports complex will serve not only as an important community resource, but it will revitalize the area and stimulate continued economic development for years to come. One of the first significant investments in a historically under-invested area of Louisville, this facility is making a lasting community, economic, educational, and health impact for both this generation and those that follow.

CMTA was proud to provide MEP engineering for such a pivotal project. The team incorporated the following sustainable design elements:

  • Bi-polar ionization technology is being applied to reduce HVAC outside air load by 50% and provide cleaner air for the track and field space.
  • With the use of LED lighting, the design has achieved a lighting power density of 0.65 W/ft. ASHRAE/IES 90.1 allows 0.78 W/ft in sports arenas. This is 10% improvement over code.
  • 95% efficient high efficiency condensing boilers are being used for building heating.