Homewood Suites

Since 1985, when Bruce White started the company with a single hotel, White Lodging has been driven by strategic growth and genuine care for guests, associates and owners. Because of these characteristics, White Lodging has become a trusted hospitality partner for the industry’s premium brands, including Marriott International. White Lodging was the first franchisee of Fairfield Inn & Suites and one of the earliest franchisees of Courtyard by Marriott hotels.

Calhoun Construction acted as the Construction Manager on the construction of the new 8-story, Homewood Suites in Downtown Louisville. The hotel consists of 133 suite rooms, along with a full-service kitchen, pool, exercise room and conference space. The building is supported by a foundation of grade-beams and mat slabs supported by auger-cast piles. The building structure consists of structural stud and concrete braced by two cast-in-place concrete cores and one grouted masonry core. The hotel occupies a former PARC surface parking lot to add to the growing downtown skyline.


Churchill Downs Starting Gate Suites

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.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for the expansion creating 36 new suites. The project included an addition of a new suite tower on top of the existing grandstand, new elevators, bars, and mutuels. The structure for the new tower is dropped through the grandstand and 2nd floor plaza. The project was completed while the track practiced every day and during three meets.


Omni Louisville

The planned Omni Hotel development in downtown Louisville has grown in scale and will become the city’s third tallest building. The building will be more than 30 stories tall and contain 600 hotel rooms topped by 225 luxury apartments on the old Water Company block.

Situated one block from the Kentucky International Convention Center, the new hotel will be a four-diamond, luxury hotel. Only the National City Tower at 40 stories and the 400 W. Market building at 35 stories will be taller than the new Omni Hotel. The complex will include two restaurants, a lobby lounge, 70,000 square-feet of meeting space, a lobby art gallery, a rooftop cafe, spa and fitness center, swimming pool and grocery. The project will be sustainable, with LEED Silver certification.

The $289 million project will be completed no later than March 31, 2018.

Calhoun Construction Services is proud to assist the Brasfield & Gorrie team (CMR) on this project.


Churchill Downs Owner’s Boxes & Clubhouse Lawn

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.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for this Churchill Downs hospitality renovation. The project included demolition and conversion of the historic grandstands to accommodate 21 owners suites and incorporate 2 Clubhouse Lawn areas for a completely new viewing experience. The associated patron areas were complimented by 2 spaces renovated to serve as the dedicated hospitality area for the new Churchill Downs Owner’s Suites and Clubhouse Lawn. In addition, the Winner’s Circle was redesigned and relocated to be directly adjoining to the Paddock walkway and tunnel.


Derby City Gaming

Louisville Downs was a harness track that ran for about twenty five years.

Louisville Downs was the innovator of every promotional gimmick and multiple wagering format in Kentucky. When it closed in 1991 it was bought by Churchill Downs and was converted to a winter training facility for thoroughbreds.

Louisville Downs was the first track in Kentucky to provide phone wagering and full card simulcast wagering.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager/General Contractor for Derby City Gaming. This project consisted of an 85,000 sqft facility off Poplar Level Road to accommodate a new form of wagering for the historic racetrack. The facility houses two quick-service, walk-up food venues, and a bar with seating for 50 as well as big screen televisions. It also has 900 historical racing machines and a player’s club reward center that offers special perks and benefits, including an exclusive parking area.