Economic Growth and Innovation Newsroom


Green Roof to Top Nucleus Building

Tuesday July 31, 2012

The first new building at Nucleus Innovation Park-Market Street will sport a green roof and other environmentally-friendly features.

“This world-class building and Nucleus Innovation Park-Market St. will be a magnet for more jobs, research and innovation and solidify Louisville as a global leader in lifelong wellness and aging-care services,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

Officials unveiled a model of the green roof today at a topping-off ceremony at the downtown Louisville construction site.

“Growing economic development through research and sustaining the environment can complement each other, and we’re proving it with this building,” said UofL President James Ramsey.

Bernheim Forest nursery specialists are advising building contractors how to design and maintain the roof, which will feature Kentucky native plants. The building will have other energy-saving features and will be up for certification through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a national rating system for green buildings.

The project also is meeting its hiring goals for minority and female-owned companies, said Nucleus Chief Executive Officer Vickie Yates Brown.

Nucleus is a subsidiary of the University of Louisville Foundation. The eight-story, 200,000-square-foot building is expected to open in May.