- Project Owner: Priam Ventures
- Architect: Pfeffer Torode
- Contractor: Steelhead Building Group
- Completion Date: Summer 2016
- Location: Louisville, KY
- Cost: $2 million
Leonard Engineering was privileged with providing structural engineering services for the renovation of the historic building located at 1064 Bardstown Road. The original portion of the building is believed to have been built around the 1920s, while the west addition is thought to have been built around the 1940s. For most of its life, the existing facility is believed to have been used as a car dealership. Ford, Oldsmobile, and Studebaker cars are all thought to have been sold from this site. However, for the past 40 years the building has been home to Louisville’s own Spindletop Draperies. The existing building is primarily constructed of multi-wythe brick walls, with a combination of both steel and wood roof framing, and concrete and wood roof decks. The west addition specifically contains a basement level while the roof framing in this area is composed of steel barrel-arch roof trusses with a clerestory feature.
The renovation consisted of removing the roof structure from the original portion of the building while preserving the exterior brick walls. New structure was then added within the “shell” of the existing building. The new structure included the addition of a second floor level, which included a large outdoor patio space that overlooks Bardstown Road. Several canopy and overhang structures were also introduced, as well as a new bathroom addition. Framing for the new structure primarily consists of steel columns and beams, TJI floor joists, pre-engineered wood floor trusses, as well as both LVL and dimensional lumber. CMU stair and elevator shafts were also constructed along the south side of the building for access to the second floor level. Lateral support systems for the building include a combination of CMU shear walls, steel moment frames, and steel X-braced frames. Portions of the X-brace frames can even be seen through the glass windows at the second floor level. Overall, the completed structure encompasses approximately 12,000 square-feet of space.