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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 New Paddock Experience

The $185 – $200 million redesign is the final phase of a previously-announced three-year capital investment plan for Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”) that will provide new, unique and extraordinary guest experiences for Kentucky Derby fans.

This project will transform the existing Paddock area in a manner that will enhance the experience for nearly every guest who enters the gates of the historic racetrack. The current Paddock configuration blocks views of the Twin Spires from the entrance gate and restricts circulation from the Clubhouse to the Grandstand. The bold new design will enhance visibility of the iconic Twin Spires, streamline guest circulation paths, update the audio visual experience and create additional value for guests by updating existing ticket products and amenities.


Churchill 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.


LaGrange Springs Park

Calhoun is serving as the General Contractor for this new 38’x98′ open-style pavilion with 18’x32′ restroom facilities, two wooden shade structures, new entry drive lanes, parking areas and pedestrian walk paths. The park also includes a sprayground, playground equipment, retaining walls, boulder walls, landscaping and erosion control.

It is scheduled to be completed in 2022.


UofL Bass-Rudd Tennis Center Men’s Locker Room

The University of Louisville men’s and women’s tennis programs are proud to call the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center home. Located directly across from Cardinal Park, the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center currently boasts six indoor courts and eight lighted outdoor courts with electronic scoreboards.

The building also houses men’s and women’s locker rooms, a training room, player lounge areas and offices to accompany its Deco-Turf surfaced courts. Another special feature of the tennis center is the Wimbledon Room, a conference room overlooking the indoor courts.

The Bass-Rudd Tennis Center served as the host facility for the 2004 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship, the 2002 and 1997 C-USA Men’s Tennis Championships and as a first round site for the 1998 NCAA men’s tennis tournament.

Known as one of the best on-campus college tennis facilities in the nation, the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center was awarded the 1995 Kentucky Tennis Association Facility of the Year and the United States Tennis Association College Facility of the Year.

U of L opened the doors to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in 1994. The facility is named in honor of Lewis “Sonny” Bass and Mason Rudd, who each donated $500,000 toward its construction.

Aside from being the home for the Cardinals’ intercollegiate tennis teams, U of L also offers memberships and daily court time for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other interested parties.

Calhoun served as the construction manager and completed this design-build to renovate and upgrade the Bass-Rudd tennis locker rooms for men and women.  The renovation included new bathrooms, showers, lockers and lounge areas, including new flooring, paint, and acoustical ceilings.


UofL Bass-Rudd Tennis Center Women’s Locker Room

The University of Louisville men’s and women’s tennis programs are proud to call the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center home. Located directly across from Cardinal Park, the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center currently boasts six indoor courts and eight lighted outdoor courts with electronic scoreboards.

The building also houses men’s and women’s locker rooms, a training room, player lounge areas and offices to accompany its Deco-Turf surfaced courts. Another special feature of the tennis center is the Wimbledon Room, a conference room overlooking the indoor courts.

The Bass-Rudd Tennis Center served as the host facility for the 2004 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship, the 2002 and 1997 C-USA Men’s Tennis Championships and as a first round site for the 1998 NCAA men’s tennis tournament.

Known as one of the best on-campus college tennis facilities in the nation, the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center was awarded the 1995 Kentucky Tennis Association Facility of the Year and the United States Tennis Association College Facility of the Year.

U of L opened the doors to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in 1994. The facility is named in honor of Lewis “Sonny” Bass and Mason Rudd, who each donated $500,000 toward its construction.

Aside from being the home for the Cardinals’ intercollegiate tennis teams, U of L also offers memberships and daily court time for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other interested parties.

Calhoun served as the construction manager and completed this design-build to renovate and upgrade the Bass-Rudd tennis locker rooms for men and women.  The renovation included new bathrooms, showers, lockers and lounge areas, including new floors, paint, acoustical ceilings, sinks and vanities


Churchill 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.


UofL Pruvit Field Entrance Gate

Cardinal Stadium is the home of the University of Louisville football program. Debuting in 1998, it is one of the last football stadiums in NCAA Division I-A to open in the 20th century.

Calhoun served as the construction manager and completed this design-build to create a brand new, formal gate.  All work was self-performed on this new construction.


Thorntons

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.


Churchill Downs Turn One Experience

Opening for The Kentucky Derby – 2023, Churchill Down’s new Turn One venue will change the footprint and increase the customer experience at one of our most storied National treasures.  Boasting a ground level 65,000 square foot club space and accommodating over 2,000 patrons, club guests will enjoy incredible track site lines along Turn One.   At almost one and a half football fields in length, club patrons have walk up access to the track rail adding to an already incredible experience.  Guests ascending the escalators to the upper concourse and view levels can join more than 5,000 of their best friends in the new covered stadium-style padded arena seating.  The new Turn One facility is designed to operate year-round and we are excited and fortunate to provide this build for Churchill Downs.