The firm was selected from 18 companies that expressed interest in the project. The formal announcement came March 15.

We really want to do this project. We believe in the vision of the University of Louisville, said Scott Simpson, the company’s senior director.

KlingStubbins is expected to design an iconic building that will make a big statement as far as future development of the ShelbyHurst site, said UofL President James Ramsey.

The structure will range in size from 80,000 to 120,000 square feet, according to Burt Deutsch, vice chairman of the UofL Foundation and ShelbyHurst project spokesman.

The research and office park development will help bring in revenue to support UofL’s academic mission, Ramsey said, noting that Shelby Campus must become a revenue-producing asset in these tough economic times.

KlingStubbins is the second architect the UofL Foundation has named for the ShelbyHurst development. Louisville company NTS previously was named to build a facility that is expected to be used for offices. It could be ready for initial occupancy in fall of 2011.