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UK and UofL Students Develop Plans for a Water Education Center

Monday September 26, 2011

A group of UK and UofL students learned about Louisville Water's history of innovation and the Ohio River's connection to this community as part of a visionary workshop for a Water Education Center.

Louisville Water is exploring the idea of constructing a new facility at its Zorn Avenue property that would explore water's impact on this community and the world. Graduate and undergraduate students at UK's College of Design are developing scenarios for the potential project while UofL graduate students are developing a business plan.

As part of the project kick-off, students and faculty from both schools toured Louisville Water's facilities and listened to presentations from local historians including Steve Wiser, an architect, Rick Bell, a recognized expert on the development of Louisville's waterfront, Chuck Parish, a river historian who worked for the Corp of Engineers and Jay Ferguson, who has researched Louisville Water's history.

For UK, the project complements the College of Design's River Cities initiative and for UofL, the graduate students are performing the work as part of the Capstone program.

The students will complete their initial findings by early 2012 and report back to Louisville Water's leadership.

Each year, Louisville Water hosts thousands of people at the historic Water Tower for tours and educational programming. In addition, the company's education programs reach over 100 schools each year with science and social studies curriculum. The vision of a Water Education Center would complement the education programming, and potentially serve as a site for research and development, training and a tourist attraction. The company's vision is to create a world-class water innovation center.