University of Louisville Belknap Classroom Building

Project Cost: $80,000,000

Architect: Goody Clancy/K Norman Berry

MEP Design Firm: CMTA

Mechanical Contractor: Walker Mechanical


The University of Louisville’s Belknap Academic Classroom Building opened in August 2018 and significantly increased the amount of classroom space at the University of Louisville.  is a $80 Million, 165,0000 square-foot building that consists of 20 classrooms, 14 science labs, 11 study group rooms, seven seminar rooms and four learning labs. The anthropology, biology, chemistry and physics programs have dedicated labs in the new LEED Gold building.  The first four floors of the building have several types of sitting and study areas, some with electrical outlets for charging devices. The fifth-floor houses mechanical and other systems for the building. The first-floor opens to a large common area with informal meeting and seating spaces. It also features a large staircase with amphitheater-style benches that use reclaimed wood from the floor of the old Crawford Gym basketball court. The Crawford Gym was built in the 1960s and was razed to make room for the new building. It previously was a practice facility for the U of L basketball and swimming programs.


For UofL, the AEC differentiator on the critical airflow controls was our lab experience and expertise. CMTA and UofL wanted to work with AEC based on our 25+ years of designing, starting up, commissioning and servicing laboratory spaces in the state. AEC has been the VFD and flow meter experts in the state for over 25 years and have become a reliable partner for both CMTA and UofL.


Phoenix Controls Laboratory Airflow Controls Systems for 19 spaces

ABB Variable Frequency Drives for fans and pumps

ONICON Water, Steam, Natural Gas and BTU Meters

Air Monitor Outside Airflow Stations for AHUs