Germantown Mill Lofts
- Project Owner: Germantown Mill Lofts
- Architect: Pimsler Hoss Architects, Inc.
- Contractor: Brasch Constructors
- Completion Date: Spring 2016
- Location: Louisville, KY
- Cost: Estimated $23 Million
Germantown Mill Loft Apartments is being developed at 946 Goss Avenue in Louisville, KY. The original facility was constructed in 1889 and served as a textile mill until around 1970. An historic three-story brick facility and several additional buildings on the property will be extensively renovated into a unique mixed-use complex. The new development includes over 200 loft-style apartments, offices, restaurants, recreational areas and green spaces. The existing facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, therefore, much of its original appearance will be preserved. The facility consists of over 260,000 square feet of floor space and is constructed of load-bearing brick walls, heavy timber beams, columns and decking.
Leonard Engineering provided a comprehensive structural condition assessments and corresponding reports of all existing buildings on the property as well as served as the structural engineer of record for the renovation, repairs and additions to the facility. Many heavy timber repairs and modifications will be designed along with extensive brick rehabilitation. Several new structures and additions to the existing building will also likely be designed, including stair and elevator towers.
The major challenge that faced the Leonard Engineering team on this project was the repair and seismic analysis of the existing brick smoke-stack. The existing stack is constructed of multi-wythe brick walls and is approximately 165 feet tall. The structure has deteriorated and required extensive brick repairs. Leonard Engineering created a finite element-model of the stack and assessed its ability to withstand current seismic load requirements.