Construction Project

The purpose of the Second Century Construction Project is to create dining, performing and visual arts, design and research spaces that will transform teaching and learning for all Collegiate students and faculty. The goals of this facilities transformation are to support the school’s mission into its second century, to create a unified campus that is secure, flexible and contiguous and to provide spaces that all of our students will utilize. The new construction encompasses two buildings - one two-story and another three-story - that connect seamlessly with the architecture and flow of the campus and surrounding neighborhood.  

The two-story building provides the Dan and Frances Street Learning Commons, the Design Studio, the Makery and future classrooms for students and faculty to study, learn, seek out reference materials, conduct research, collaborate and problem-solve.

The first floor of the three-story building will be a daily hub for students and faculty to gather for nutritious meals in the Thornton Family Dining Commons. The upper two floors will be the home to the Owsley Brown Family Performing and Visual Arts Center.

Construction began in spring 2016, and will be complete in August 2017 for the opening of the 2017-18 school year. We will keep you informed of the progress occurring on campus through our Construction Blog and this webpage. We look forward to the participation of every member of the Collegiate community in transforming teaching and learning for all of our students and faculty.

Timeline of Events: September 2016-August 2017

Collegiate broke ground on the Second Century Construction Project with a ceremony following the 2016 Kindergarten Derby. For a full history on the extensive planning and community preparations to begin this project, click here.

September 2016
Dan and Frances Street Learning Commons
The roof is installed and the building is dried in.

Junior Kindergarten
The JK playground reopens behind the Courtenay House, adjacent to the Lower School, after installation of a trike slab and 6-foot fence.

Thornton Family Dining Commons
The slab is poured and the structural steel is set.

October 2016
Owsley Brown Family Performing and Visual Arts Center
The structural steel is set for the second and third floors, and the bar joists are installed for the roof.  The metal deck is installed for the second and third floors, and the roof deck is completed.

June - August 2017
Completion of Second Century Construction.

Construction Blog

Keep up with our construction progress by visiting our blog:
Louisville Collegiate School: A Construction Diary

Important Information

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Where will my children eat?

    While the kitchen, servery and Thornton Family Dining Commons are being built, Rachael Reigelman and her staff will prepare meals at Chef Space, a kitchen incubator located at 18th and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Faculty, staff and students will eat lunch in the Auditorium, which has been transformed into the interim dining room.
  • Where do I park once the construction begins?

    Everything possible has been done to minimize the impact on parking. Although a few parking spots will be behind the construction fencing, the Ray Avenue lot remains open for faculty and staff during the school day. Students will still have access to parking behind the current Fine Arts Building.  

    Please do not park at Burger’s. The Burger’s lot is specifically reserved for use by our construction manager, subcontractors and workers during the construction project. With material deliveries and large equipment using the construction entrance off Ray Avenue, please park along Glenmary and other surrounding streets.

    Additional parking has been secured in the lower lot of the Highland Baptist Church. Their generosity has made it possible for us to use the space for faculty and staff parking. Please make every effort during this project to be courteous to our neighbors and not to block any driveways.

  • What is the plan for safety and security?

    Wehr Constructors, Collegiate’s construction manager (CM), will be managing the construction project out of Burger’s. For security purposes, Wehr is requiring every subcontractor/worker on this project to participate in an orientation. After completing this orientation, each person will be given a sticker to place on his/her hard hat. This will be an indicator to faculty and staff that this person has been approved to be on campus. As part of the orientation, Wehr will verify that the subcontractor has conducted a background check on each worker.
    Construction areas are fenced off allowing only construction workers to enter. Equipment and materials are being stored in these secured areas.
  • When will the construction be completed?

    The completion of the two new buildings is scheduled for August 2017 - in time for opening day of the 2017-18 school year. The timely completion and occupancy of this new space is tied to our fundraising goal. In order to utilize this new space, the Second Century Campaign must have received pledges to cover the cost of the construction.            

Construction Project Management Committee

Leslie Geoghegan, Chair
Mike Basham
Dale (DJ) Berry, Jr
Dr. James Calleroz White
Geoff Campbell
Tracie Catlett
Vadim Kaplan
Deana Paradis

Meet the Construction Manager (CM)

Since 1945, Wehr Constructors has developed a portfolio of healthcare, worship, educational, judicial, industrial and institutional facilities ranging in costs from $100,000 to over $75 million. Although their focus over the past 20 years has been healthcare and worship facilities, they have completed numerous educational and commercial facilities in the central Kentucky region. Wehr Constructors is owned and operated by the Berry family which includes five generations of general contracting and engineering experience. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with offices in Lexington, Kentucky and Tampa, Florida, they are proud to be the largest general contractor and construction manager in the Louisville area.

Meet the Architects

Architects believe in a collaborative approach to architecture in which every building study and design is a unique response to their client's particular goals, concerns and needs.

Their practice is dedicated to finding holistic sustainable design solutions in all their work. Their projects are varied and include independent and public schools, municipal, religious and residential projects.

School Information

2427 Glenmary Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
P: 502.479.0340
F: 502.454.8549
Louisville Collegiate School is a JK-12, co-ed independent day school located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.