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.
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.
Evansville, like the rest of the country, was beginning to recover from the depths of the Depression in the mid-1930s when several teachers decided to pool their savings to generate much-needed loans for their fellow workers and themselves in 1936. The first employee groups to be served by Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union were the Board of Education and Evansville College in Evansville, Indiana, now known as the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation and the University of Evansville.
Other educational groups in southwestern Indiana were later added to the field of membership, and western Kentucky educational groups were incorporated when the Owensboro Public Schools Federal Credit Union merged with the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union in 1992. Other employment groups and organizations that are unrelated to the educational field joined in the years that followed so that their employees and members might also benefit from the “People Helping People” philosophy.
In 2016, Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union acquired Liberty Financial (then First Liberty Financial Mortgage). This acquisition allowed Liberty Financial to offer a broader menu of financial services that were not previously available as an independent mortgage banking institution. As a member-owned financial cooperative, ETFCU strives to offer increased value to its members. Liberty Financial fits perfectly within this service focused mindset, now offering more services with the same high level of customer service their clients have become accustomed to receiving.
Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Indiana and continues to thrive. Much of the success of the institution is due to the scores of volunteers who have served on the credit union’s Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee, the management, the dedicated staff, and especially the members who entrust their financial affairs to ETFCU.
Calhoun Construction is overseeing the revitalization of the northwest corner of the busy intersection of Hwy 146 and Hwy 329 in Crestwood. Calhoun Construction is serving as the General Contractor. This project included demolition of an existing commercial center and two private homes to make way for the newest Liberty Financial Branch location. Increasing visibility and access on the very busy corner of KY146 and KY329 in Crestwood, the 8,000 sf project transformed over a 7 month time period from start of demo until owner move-in.
Once Owner Move-in is complete this property looks to open at the end of October 2021.
Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics company, is an independent material handling and robotics system integrator providing automated solutions for distribution, manufacturing, and order fulfillment centers around the world. They specialize in consulting, system design, project management, maintenance, and installation, while sourcing the best equipment and automation technology.
Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager for Interior Renovation
Jimmy John’s has all-natural* meats and fresh veggies in-house every day. Their fresh-baked bread is made in the store where you can see it, and their house-made tuna salad is fresh every day. The flavor of a ripe tomato, crisp shredded lettuce, combined with fresh-baked bread, fresh-sliced meat and real Hellmann’s® mayo – that’s when the magic happens. Made with love every single day since 1983. That’s Jimmy Fresh!
Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor self-performing the interior demolition on a location in Louisville, Kentucky.
Amazon Distribution Warehouse
Calhoun has been selected to build a new 195,000 SF operations warehouse for Amazon. Developed by Poe Companies, the operations at the 26 acre site will ultimately be supported by a fleet of electric vans with the potential to be charged using solar technology. The expected construction cost is anticipated to be approximately $30 million.
The warehouse will receive, sort, and locally disperse packages via delivery vans. The parking lot will be equipped with an underground labyrinth of power and data designed to charge and track the fully electric fleet. Although still in a conceptual phase, there is a study to add solar panels to the roof of the warehouse that will be used to power the charging stations and thereby drive the companies goal to reduce its carbon footprint.
In 1891, Thomas Ripy built the Old Hickory Distillery in Tyrone, Kentucky, near Lawrenceburg, on the former site of the Old Moore Distillery. After Prohibition, the Ripy family (Thomas had died in 1902) repaired the distillery and began to again produce bourbon. The Ripys sold the bourbon produced at this distillery to various wholesalers who bottled bourbon under their own brands. Austin Nichols was one of these wholesalers.
The “Wild Turkey” brand is said to have arisen after an Austin Nichols executive, Thomas McCarthy, took some warehouse samples on a wild turkey hunting trip in 1940. The bourbon proved so popular among his friends they continued to ask him for “that wild turkey bourbon.” Austin Nichols began to bottle Wild Turkey in 1942.
The Ripys were bought out in 1949 by Robert and Alvin Gould.
For the next three decades, Austin Nichols remained a non-distiller producer—bottling bourbon purchased on the open market under the Wild Turkey brand. Much of this whiskey was purchased from the Ripys/Gould distillery in Tyrone. In 1971, Austin Nichols purchased the facility, then known as the Boulevard Distillery, and changed the name to the Wild Turkey Distillery.
In 1980, the distillery and the Wild Turkey brand were purchased by Pernod Ricard.
On May 9, 2000, a fire destroyed a seven-story aging warehouse at the company in Anderson County, Kentucky. It contained more than 17,000 wooden barrels of whiskey.
In 2009, the Campari Group acquired the distillery and the Wild Turkey brand from Pernod Ricard.
In 2013, Campari opened a new bottling facility at the Wild Turkey Distillery. For the previous 13 years, Wild Turkey had been bottled offsite in Indiana and later in Arkansas. In addition to the Wild Turkey products, Campari’s SKYY vodka is also bottled there after being shipped from the Illinois distillery.
Calhoun Construction served as a General Contractor self-performing nine (9) landing gear pads for tractor-trailer storage lots and loading docks. Calhoun also constructed a 14,000 sqft warehouse parking lot expansion including site grading, aggregate profile, asphalt profile, and striping.
Matt Winn’s Steakhouse at Churchill Downs
Matt Winn attended every single Kentucky Derby for 75 years. His first was the first.
Over those 75 years he served as a pioneer and innovator of horse racing at the iconic Churchill Downs Racetrack, changing the landscape of the Kentucky Derby forever.
Now, we invite you to Matt Winn’s Steakhouse to take part in this bygone era, from the grand traditions to the infallible fashion, all while celebrating what’s to come. Start with steak. Indulgent, gorgeous prime steak. Treat yourself to tableside service, and taste some of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys while overlooking the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack.
Grab your hat. Let’s turn some heads.
Calhoun Construction was proud to serve as the Construction Manager for this iconic steakhouse.