Louisville-based general contractor Sullivan Cozart and Louisville architectural firm Tucker Booker Donhoff were chosen from among nine design/build teams that responded to a request for proposals. NTS will be project developer for the six-story garage at Jefferson and Preston streets near the NuLu neighborhood.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter and should take about a year to complete. Total development costs have not yet been determined.

The structure will have a concrete and masonry façade with metal and glass accents, LED exterior lighting, glass-enclosed stair towers, electric vehicle-charging stations, bicycle storage, security cameras and entrance access control. Cars are expected to enter from Preston Street.

“This garage is the next step in a comprehensive plan to develop the J.D. Nichols Campus,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “It will be developed by Louisville-based firms with long histories of positive contributions to our community.”

NTS chairman J.D. Nichols called the garage “vital to future development” of the downtown campus bearing his name. “We are pleased to partner with the UofL Foundation and Nucleus to support higher education, economic development and innovation in our community,” he said.

Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center is developing the campus as space for entrepreneurs, researchers and office users. Atria Senior Living is flagship tenant of the first new building constructed on the property.


“We are excited work on the new parking structure will begin soon,” said Vickie Yates Brown, president and CEO of Nucleus. “Safe and convenient parking for our tenants and visitors is one of our top priorities.”

John Karman, III
John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.