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Churchill Downs Mansion

The Kentucky Derby is just the beginning…

It all started with an inaugural race meet in 1875 that featured two flagship horse races: the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. These iconic races are still run beneath the Twin Spires years later, making the Derby the longest continually-held annual sporting event in the United States. Today, Derby Week is preceded by a month of events celebrating the Kentucky Derby and helps to bring over $350 million to the local economy each year.

Diversification beyond live horse racing into historical horse racing, online wagering and gaming has fueled the company’s growth and supported CDI’s expansion. In 2007, they created the industry-leading technology platform TwinSpires, that is now one of the most profitable online wagering platforms for horse racing in the U.S.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager on the renovation of the ultra exclusive Mansion. The 2022 refresh included painting of the main barrel ceiling and 6 soffits of feature lighting in main Mansion bar area.  New Ceiling paint and Wall coverings in the lobby, elevator, and teller areas and an addition of 14 Wireless Access Points installed above ceiling.

America’s Floor Source – Hurstbourne

Since 2000, America’s Floor Source has helped thousands of homeowners and commercial customers select and install high-quality floors in their homes and businesses. Early on, it was clear to them that the key to success would be to satisfy our customers by consistently hitting their expectations.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor on the complete renovation of an existing, occupied flooring store.  The renovation included new walls, showroom layout, offices, breakroom and restrooms.  The exterior of the building received a new roof, hvac systems, building signage, entry canopy and painting of the building.

Pilot – Flying J

Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers in North America with more than 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company employs more than 28,000 people. CEO Jimmy Haslam has embraced technology and moved Pilot Flying J in new directions, leading the company’s growth from 1.1 billion fuel gallons sold in 1996 to more than 7 billion sold annually today. Pilot Flying J serves more than 1.6 million guests a day and is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop.

Calhoun Construction has served as a General Contractor on multiple projects throughout various locations.

Keeneland Paddock

Since opening in October 1936, Keeneland has been unique in the Thoroughbred industry. Only at Keeneland are world-class racing and industry-leading sales united under one mission-driven entity.

Today, Keeneland continues to be guided by its original mission, taking a leadership role in the industry to improve safety, promote integrity and strengthen the sport of racing.

Keeneland is the world’s largest and most prominent Thoroughbred auction house and hosts world-class racing twice annually during its boutique Spring and Fall meetings. Owners, trainers, riders and fans from all over the world travel to Lexington each year to participate at Keeneland.

Calhoun is performing site improvements for Keeneland’s historic Paddock including demolition of existing rubber paver sidewalks, drainage improvements including regrading and storm structures, and new rubber paver sidewalk.  Keeneland will also be upgrading the landscaping and irrigation within the Paddock.

Churchill Downs Turf Track

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

The current Matt Winn Turf Course, a 7/8-mile oval situated inside the one-mile dirt track, is the original surface when grass racing debuted 35 years ago at Churchill Downs in 1985. It is comprised of four-inch high Kentucky 31 Fescue (90%) and Bluegrass (10%) grown in a three-inch topsoil layer over a 13-inch course masonry sand base.

The new and more robust turf course will be a similar blend of fescue and bluegrass and will have a redesigned subsurface. The growing medium will contain a six-inch upper root zone layer created with a blended mix of topsoil and grit sand which will sit on a six-inch lower sand layer constructed with masonry sand. Churchill Downs planted several test plots in the spring of 2019 and selected the best for use in the new turf course.

The current track, which is 80 feet wide, was designed with a crown that runs down the center of the track to facilitate drainage, limiting the number of running lanes.

The new turf course includes a new state-of-the-art irrigation and drainage system, will be widened to 85 feet and be designed to use the full width and banking in the turns. The new course will provide multiple rail movement options with the capacity to accommodate four racing lanes that range from 0 to 36 feet out and as many as 14 participants per race.

Calhoun served as the construction manager for this renovation.

Churchill Downs Homestretch Club

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

The Homestretch Club will renovate and update the grandstand area adjacent to the Twin Spires along the famed track’s homestretch. The project will convert what is currently outdoor bleacher seating next to the Winner’s Circle Suites and below the Jockey Club Suites into three unique seating options with all-inclusive amenities. This seating offers an ideal view of the starting gate, a superior vantage of the track’s Big Board and a bird’s eye view of the homestretch as the horses thunder to the finish line. Ticketed guests in the Homestretch Club will have access to 18,600 sq. ft. of new interior premium hospitality space in the first-floor concourse area that will be transformed into a newly reimagined, high-end air-conditioned club atmosphere to place a bet, enjoy the all-inclusive food and beverage offerings and other amenities. This premium hospitality space will be accented by a grand staircase and a 100 ft. feature bar making it an elegant and desirable option for special events at historic Churchill Downs.

The new all-inclusive ticket offerings for the Homestretch Club will include:

  • 30 Trackside Lounges along the rail for up to 200 guests offering a “courtside seat” experience
  • 66 Terraced Dining Tables for up to 440 guests creating covered outdoor dining
  • 2,610 Stadium Club seats providing a cushioned, comfortable and upgraded experience
  • 5 private VIP Hospitality Lounges for up to 60 guests

In total, the project will provide for 3,250 all-inclusive seats, which is 1,950 fewer reserved seats than were previously in this area. The $45 million Homestretch Club project is scheduled for completion in time for the 148th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2022.  Calhoun is serving as the construction manager for this renovation.

Walker Mechanical

For 30 years, Walker Mechanical Contractors has carefully selected its staff. They have invested and continue to invest in the best people, the best tools and the best technologies available. Their goal is, and always has been, to make continuous improvements in their quality and capabilities. This in turn adds value to their clients’ plumbing and mechanical systems and the delivery of their services.

No contractor shows more commitment to the job or works harder to ensure accuracy, efficiency and safety than Walker. And that’s not just talk. They back up their work with guaranteed total customer satisfaction. When you choose Walker, you’re selecting a team of experienced professionals with a unique and extensive mix of specialized knowledge. With over 100 employees, you can count on Walker Mechanical to get it done – and get it done the right way.

Calhoun served as the construction manager and self-performed all the work for the renovation of their new office space located at 4500 Robards Lane in Louisville, KY.


Unlike traditional staffing services, Prologistix recruits exclusively for logistics employees. Their recruiters are professionals who understand the industry and possess local market knowledge. They’re all internally certified in the basic skill sets common to warehouse environments and safety, including many OSHA standards and procedures. They also have a qualified forklift instructor and a risk and safety coordinator in every branch.

Calhoun served as construction manager and self-performed the interior fit out and renovation.  The project was 6,561 sq ft.


Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Thorntons currently operates over 190 stores that provide fresh foods, high quality beverages and fuel in six states: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. Thorntons’ mission is not only to provide top of the line food and beverages, but makes giving back a top priority in every market.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor on the interior fit-out of the corner store located within the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Complex.

City of Crestwood Temporary Courts Building

The city of Crestwood, in Oldham County, moved into a temporary courthouse at 6822 Central Ave.  This location was a IGA grocery store converted for use until a new permanent location at 100 W. Main St. in La Grange, KY would eventually open.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager and self performed much of the interior renovations.