Nucleus CEO Vickie Yates Brown told Nucleus Advisory Board members March 19 that the ground floor of the 200,000-square-foot building may include a coffee shop and restaurant. Brown said she expects the building to be ready for occupancy this summer.

So far, Nucleus has met its minority, female and local participation hiring goals on the project. Twenty three percent of the contractors and subcontractors are minority-owned businesses, 14 percent are female-owned and 78 percent of the workers live in the Louisville area, according to Brown.

The board also heard updates on the project to connect Nucleus’ projects with the area known as NuLu in the eastern part of downtown Louisville and XLerateHealth, a fellowship and accelerator program for health care entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.