Browne Engineering and Construction is proud to share the completion of the 24-acre Louisville Urban League Sports and Learning Complex and home to the Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center. The 4000 seat, 200-meter indoor track & field facility is one of Louisville’s premier sports venues. The vision of Sadiqa Reynolds, president of Louisville Urban League was designed by Moody Nolan and MKSK Design Studios. Featuring amenities which include a 400-meter outdoor track & field, interactive rock-climbing wall, bowling alley, and multiple educational spaces.
The $53 million West Louisville complex boasts the fastest hydraulic indoor track in the country with a 21-meter radius built by the world’s leading indoor track manufacturer, Mondo Worldwide of Italy. Open 24/7, the venue’s Thornton’s convenience store will redirect its profits for the benefit of the community. When not running track meets, the hydraulic track will host concerts and a multitude of entertainment and corporate events. The Browne team served as the owner’s representative on this project, offering both preconstruction and construction oversight, hiring of all tier-1 suppliers, and community engagement. “We managed this project as if it was our own. Ensuring the Louisville Urban League got the most value in terms of what it could offer the community.” said Eric Browne, CEO.
In keeping with our focus on understanding and advocating for our client’s needs and knowing that in addition to their focus on justice, education, health, and housing the Louisville Urban League is committed to creating jobs. “Browne helped ensure 40% minority participation vs. the typical 15% -20% minority participation rate on similar projects.” Nate Clayton, P.E., Senior Project Manager of Browne said.
The new facility 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 years. Now, the new sports complex will serve not only as an important community resource but will revitalize the area and stimulate continued economic development for years to come.