UofL committee approves construction projects


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. –At a March 1 meeting, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees Finance Committee approved capital construction projects to improve storm water drainage on the Belknap Campus.

    The projects will diminish flooding and divert storm water away from sewers. The work is expected to cost about $1.1 million and would be funded by the Metropolitan Sewer District.

    Larry Owsley, UofL’s vice president for business affairs, told committee members that the construction was “part of a series of projects” designed to reduce water flow into sewer systems.

    Finance committee members also approved renovation projects for Louisville Hall, a student residence building on Belknap Campus, and the Children and Youth Clinic at the Health Sciences Center. The residence hall work would be funded by housing revenues and the renovations on the Health Sciences Campus by clinical revenues.

    All capital construction projects require full board approval before proceeding.

    The Academic and Student Affairs Committee also met March 1 and heard a presentation by Roberto Bolli, who holds multiple posts at UofL, including director of the Division of Cardiology.

    Bolli has earned international acclaim for his work in using stem cells to repair damaged heart muscle. He told committee members that, through his research, he hopes to continue to find new breakthroughs for preventing heart attacks and to repair damage hearts attacks have caused. Bolli’s research has brought more than $100 million in federal research funding to the university.

    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.