Monthly Archives: August 2012

Project Spotlight: New Brownsboro Elementary School for Oldham County Public Schools

The Builders Exchange of Kentucky is happy to spotlight upcoming Kentuckiana construction projects as presented by the owners, architects, or engineers funding and designing them.

Today, Robert Haffermann of K. Norman Berry Associates Architects gives a preview of the new Brownsboro Elementary School project for Oldham County Public Schools, which will be bidding on September 26, 2012. Members of Builders Exchange of Kentucky can click here to view and track this project (LOGIN REQUIRED).


Robert Haffermann, AIA
LEED AP Principal
K. Norman Berry Associates Architects PLLC

History of the project

The first phase to be implemented from the initial Master Plan completed in 2010, this one-story 750 student Brownsboro Elementary School will be constructed in harmony with the surrounding site. The layout creates a compact plan to minimize hallway lengths creating an intimate learning environment.  Additionally the mass of the school is broken up into separate wings, bringing down the scale of the building while allowing a small tower to function as a clear entry marker at the parent drop off point.

Oldham County Schools has used a “campus concept” successfully at the other Oldham County campuses. With the acquisition of the 95-acre former nursery property, the relationship of elementary, middle and high school programmatic requirements could be properly and successfully planned. Future areas of the campus that typically can be shared (band and choral programs, auditorium, athletics, etc.) are integrated into the concept.

Project rendering

Special Features

Among the building’s energy saving and ecologically friendly design features are: exterior walls constructed with Insulated Concrete Forms, a geothermal ground-well system for heating and cooling, a small rain garden and a full site storm water runoff stepped basin purification system.

Square Footage

80,300 SF

Cost Estimate


Type of Construction

Load-bearing Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) exterior walls with a combination of light-gage metal truss and bar joist roof framing systems. The majority of the building will have a structural standing seam metal roof

Trades to be enlisted

Site excavation and grading; selective structure demolition; cast-in-place concrete (foundations and flatwork); insulated concrete forms; brick veneer and concrete block masonry; structural and miscellaneous steel; rough carpentry; insulated-core exterior metal wall panels; finish hardware, doors and frames; aluminum windows and storefront; polished concrete floors; resilient flooring; MMA flooring; painting; carpeting; acoustical tile ceilings; wood gymnasium flooring; telescoping bleachers; manufactured casework; food service equipment.

Dates: release, prebid, bid, completion

Bid documents are available starting on August 30, 2012. A printed copy of the bid documents may be obtained by the contractors from the Don Meredith Co. (502) 636-0155.  A compact disk (CD) containing PDF files of the drawings and specifications also may be obtained.

A pre-bid meeting for the project will be held Wednesday September 12, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. at the Oldham County Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg Road Crestwood KY 40014.

Bids are due Thursday September 26, 2012 at 2 pm. Bids are to be delivered to the Oldham County Board of Education. Bid Guaranty in the form of a Certified/Cashier’s Check or Bid Bond shall accompany each bid.

Substantial completion is to be obtained by April 30, 2014.

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AIA/CES Sustainable Design Concepts Learning Opportunity to be Hosted at Builders Exchange

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Firestone Building Products, Firestone Metal Products, and Columbia Green Technologies is proud to offer you, the design professional, a half day of learning where you will be able to obtain 3 hours of AIA CEU HSW and SD accreditation. *Breakfast & lunch to be provided.

The first presentation will be offered by Marty Jolly with Firestone Building Products. Mr. Jolly is the manager of the Building Envelope Solution Group at Firestone located in Indianapolis, IN and has 28 years in the commercial roofing industry. The topic of this presentation is an overview of the various types of rooftop daylighting systems which includes a comparison of each type, the energy savings potential, and human health benefits derived from natural lighting.

Our second presentation is being provided by Kevin Jones, a regional sales manager with Firestone Metal Products from Atlanta, GA. Mr. Jones has been working in the building products industry for over 25 years and the topic he will present will be basic design of metal wall panel systems and how to ensure functionality with other construction components.

The third topic we will cover discusses Garden Roofing Systems. This presentation will be provided by Kelly Ferguson, Sales Director for Columbia Green Technologies, a green roofing manufacturer located in Portland, OR. We will cover roof-top stormwater management and vegetative roof system design. You will learn the latest information on soil selection and plant varieties for successful plantings, along with selecting the proper roofing system and components.

To register contact Niki Tomlinson by email at or by phone at (859) 384-5050

This seminar is free of charge.


7:30—8:00 Networking
8:00—9:00 Daylighting Principals
9:15– 10:15 Design Metal Wall Panel Systems
10:30‐11:30 Why is the Green Roof growing?
11:30—12:30 Closing Discussion / Lunch provided by Famous Dave’s


Builders Exchange of Kentucky
2300 Meadow Drive
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 459-9800

Kevin Jones — Firestone Metal Products Regional Sales Manager
Marty Jolly —Firestone Building Envelope Solutions Group
Kelly Ferguson — Columbia Green Sales Director

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AIA CKC Annual House Tour Fundraiser to be Held on September 23

See the official announcement below (or click here for the PDF flyer):

Six of Louisville’s most artistic and grand homes will be open to the public on Sunday, September 23rd for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central Kentucky Chapter (CKC) Annual House Tour fundraiser benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.

The tour is highlighted by The Brown Residence on River Road. Originally designed by Scott Kremer, AIA of Studio Kremer Architects in 1995 for Rebecca Brown, this residence proved itself to be resistant to the 1997 Ohio River Flood – the worst local flood since 1937.  Later, the new owners, Ms. Brown’s parents, Charles and Elise Brown, retained Scott Kremer to renovate the home for their long-term ownership.  The scope of work included the reconstruction and enlargement of the foyer and stair tower to include a residential elevator, enlargement of the laundry room, enlargement of the family room and renovation of the master bath and closets.  The 2012 AIA House Tour features the following homes and architects/designers:

1. The Brown Residence, 4228 River Road. Architect: Scott Kremer, AIA
2. The Mullins Residence, 8512 Cheltenham Circle. Architect: Mark Doumas, AIA
3. The Neary Residence, 2336 Brookside. Architect: Mary Jackson, AIA
4. The Hall Residence, 1906 Lauderdale Drive. Architect: Anne Del Prince, AIA
5. The Ashworth and Spangler Residence, 1710 Windsor Place. Architect: Eric Hansen, AIA
6. The Gratz Residence, 415 Hancock Green Place. Architect: CityWorks

This year, conclude your House Tour at the St. Charles Exchange at 5:00 p.m. for a tour led by the architect.  Located at 113 S. 7th Street, St. Charles Exchange is a newly renovated 3800 square foot building turned into a unique downtown restaurant experience that embraces the history of the building and creates a casually elegant environment reminiscent of a 1900’s hotel lobby bar, designed by Chris Bowling, AIA with K. Norman Berry Architects & Associates.  Enjoy the open courtyard, the creative turn of the century menu, an American estate grown wine, a craft beer or choose from a variety of refreshments to end your day. St. Charles Exchange has graciously agreed to donate a percentage of sales on the day of the tour to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.

Learn more from these architects and about their designs by attending this year’s House Tour Architects Forum hosted by Dr. John Gilderbloom of University of Louisville on Saturday, September 22nd from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, located at The Urban Design Studio, 507 S. 3rd Street.  Refreshments will be kindly provided by Lynn’s Paradise Café.  Please R.S.V.P. to Dr. Gilderbloom at

The AIA CKC Annual House Tour is open to the public from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. Proceeds from all ticket sales will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.  You may begin at any home on the tour.  Tickets will be available at each of the homes on the day of the tour for $15.00 each or $10.00 each when purchased in groups of ten.  Advanced ticket sales will be available at the forum on Saturday.  Additional information can be found online at or on Facebook at!


The Central Kentucky Chapter is the oldest of AIA Kentucky’s chapters.  Established on February 3, 1908, this chapter has always been headquartered in Louisville, with AIA members throughout the central, southern, and western regions of Kentucky.  The House Tour was initiated in the 1980’s to promote architectural design and to benefit Habitat for Humanity.


Free Safety Training Opportunities Available at Builders Exchange of Kentucky

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is hosting eight free Louisville Population Center Training events from October 22-25 at the Builders Exchange of Kentucky.

Click here for a PDF with a list of each program or click here to register.

The programs include the following:

Monday – October 22nd

Overview of the Kentucky OSH Program 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The course provides information on the application of General Industry and Construction safety and health regulations in Kentucky and the activities of the Kentucky OSH Program. The Division of OSH Enforcement information includes: inspections, accident investigations, citations, penalties, and important agency policies and practices. The Division of OSH Education and Training information includes: details on free assistance to employers, including consultative services, voluntary partnership programs, and training. This course also includes details on new and upcoming regulations and policy changes.

Slips, Trips and Falls 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This session is designed to increase the participant’s awareness of hazards that could result in a slip, trip, or fall. The course also discusses methods of control to reduce the probability of a slip or fall occurring.

Tuesday – October 23rd

Bloodborne Pathogens 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This course covers the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1030 and the measures which must be implemented to protect employees from the hazards of occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials containing bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B virus, (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Topics of discussion include applicable definitions; infection control; engineering and work practice controls, including universal precautions, personal protective equipment, and housekeeping; medical evaluations; warning signs and labels; and training of employees.

Introduction of Health Hazards 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This course provides basic information to identify potential health hazards in the workplace. Topics of discussion include how to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control health hazards in the workplace such as but not limited to various types of chemical exposures and noise exposure. While this course will not teach the attendee how to practice industrial hygiene, it will provide information as to the role of the industrial hygienist in the workplace and assist in determining when it may be necessary to utilize the services of an industrial hygienist.

Wednesday – October 24th

Injury and Illness Recordkeeping 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This course will cover the basic requirements of 29 CFR 1904 and will familiarize attendees with the OSHA 300A, 300, 301 and equivalent forms. Proper reporting of injury/illness and fatalities based on state and federal requirements will be included in the presentation.

Electrical Safety 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This course covers the basic requirements surrounding the approval, installation, and use of electrical equipment and devices. The course is built around OSHA standards found in 1910.303 to .305. Includes a discussion of OSHA and industry standards as they relate to the installation of electrical equipment, commonly cited approval and installation violations, an overview of the equipment approval process, cord marking requirements, and basic hazards found in commonly made electrical wiring issues. Involves group-based and hands-on learning activities, including flexible cord marking designation and determining wiring issues associated with an electrical fault board.

Thursday – October 25th

Powered Industrial Trucks 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This course covers the basic requirements of 1910.178. Attendees will learn about the basic aspects of powered industrial trucks (primarily fork lifts), operator training requirements, safe truck operations (including traveling & safety belts), equipment modifications, and associated hazards. This course will not provide operator certification under 1910.178(L).

Hazard Communication – Global Harmonization System 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This course will cover the basic requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200 and the revised provision of the standard as they relate to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Attendees will learn about the revised standard, which will include chemical hazard classification, written program requirements, container labeling and other forms of warning, safety data sheets, and associated phase-in dates for the new requirements under GHS