Luckett & Farley designs UofL Speed School of Engineering Student Success Building

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky

After years of planning, Luckett & Farley’s joint effort with SmithGroup to design the University of Louisville’s (UofL) J. B. Speed School of Engineering Student Success Building has culminated in plans for a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of UofL’s campus. UofL recently revealed renderings for the building at a media event.

As the new face of the university’s engineering programming, this building will capture the excitement and energy of the college, promote superior learning and research, and champion student success. This project builds on the work that Luckett & Farley provided for the Speed School Master Plan identifying this 115,000-square-foot student success building as the critical first project.

“We could not be more excited about our work with the University of Louisville’s Speed School and our design partner SmithGroup on this project,” said Rolf Provan, chief executive officer, Luckett & Farley. “This new Student Success Building will serve as a beautiful new face for one of the country’s most respected engineering schools.”

“Through a series of visioning, programming, and design sessions, our team was able to gain consensus among numerous stakeholders and provide an efficiently designed, highly sustainable, engineering show case and learning laboratory for the engineering students at UofL,” Provan said.

Luckett & Farley is the architect, landscape architect, interior designer, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering firm of record. Luckett & Farley partnered with SmithGroup for their STEM subject matter expertise.

Emmanuel Collins, UofL’s dean of engineering, said working with Luckett & Farley on the new building was a success, “The partnership between Speed School and Luckett & Farley on the new engineering building has been exemplary, characterized by seamless collaboration and a shared commitment to student success.”

Collins concludes, “Through meticulous planning and innovative design, this partnership has resulted in a cutting-edge facility tailored to meet the evolving needs of our engineering students, ensuring an environment conducive to academic excellence and innovation.”

Construction on the facility is underway, with an expected completion date of Summer 2025. To learn more about the project, visit Luckett & Farley Student Success Center.

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