University of Louisville Student Recreation Center


The University of Louisville recently dedicated their state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center in the fall of 2013.  Omni Architects in partnership with Canon Design provided architectural design and CARMAN served as the landscape architect and civil engineer of record for the project.  Located on Fourth Street, adjacent to Kurtz and Minardi Halls, the 128,000 square foot facility includes exercise and aerobic facilities, a gymnasium with six courts for basketball and volleyball, a MAC court for indoor soccer and hockey, racquetball courts, a fitness lab, gaming area, classrooms, and support areas. Behind Kurtz Hall, an artificial turf field called the Great Lawn is utilized for student recreation and physical education classes.  The field is surrounded by grassy pyramids providing spectators an optimal viewing experience.

Located in the heart of the student life/residence halls the SRC outdoor public space was designed to provide strong linkages to Fourth Street, the residential complexes and Greek Life housing.  Plaza space on the north side of the building provides large gathering space for events associated with Great Lawn.  There are significant flooding issues associated with the U of L Belknap Campus and and the comprehensive stormwater management system designed by CARMAN is significantly reducing the current discharge of stormwater into the public storm system.  CARMAN worked closely with the University and the Metropolitan Sewer District to comply with new consent decree regulations and also captured funds from the MSD Stipend Program through the use of extensive underground infiltration basins. The project is on target to receive LEED Gold certification.