Much needed academic building opens on UofL’s Belknap Campus


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Addressing a longstanding need for more and better classroom space, the University of Louisville today opened its new, 165,000-square-foot Belknap Academic Building.

    The four-story, $80 million facility, located along South Brook Street between the Shumaker Research Building and Lutz Hall, contains more than 50 classrooms, laboratories, seminar rooms and group study areas. It also includes common areas where students can interact with their classmates.

    Additionally, the building houses the university’s Student Success Center, where students receive services that will help them to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

    “UofL has long needed more high-quality classroom space to better serve our students,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “I’m pleased to say this new building addresses that need. This $80 million project, funded entirely with state money, provides state-of-the-art space for our students to learn, to engage their professors and to relax and catch up with their friends. In addition, the services offered in this building—tutoring, mentoring and advising—will help ensure our students are on the path to success.”

    Construction of the academic building began two years ago on the site where the legendary Crawford Gym once stood. In a nod to the past, the first-floor benches in the new building are made of wood recycled from the Crawford Gym floor.

    The new building primarily will serve undergraduate students, particularly those taking courses in the College of Arts and Sciences. It has labs dedicated to anthropology, biology, chemistry and physics.

    The building’s technology-rich spaces are designed to foster innovative and active learning methods proven to promote student engagement. Services offered in the facility make it a one-stop academic shop for UofL students.


    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.