On June 8, 2010, the University of Louisville broke ground and began construction on a new 14,000 square feet boathouse at Louisville's Waterfront Park, located on the banks of the Ohio River near downtown Louisville.
The $2.65 million facility, which will be paid for through private donations, will be built by Koetter Construction. The building will feature locker rooms, offices, a deck which overlooks the Ohio River and the Louisville skyline, new riverside docks, and indoor training facilities with 40 ergometers (indoor rowing machines) and two 60 x 9 feet rowing tanks, which will contain nearly 25,000 gallons of water. It will be located just west of the Brown Forman Amphitheatre on the riverfront.
"We could not be more excited about the construction and completion of the new boathouse," sad U of L rowing head coach Laura Aubrey. "The new facility will have absolutely everything we need and will be one of the best training facilities for rowing in the country. It will play a critical role in the continued development and success of our program, which will allow us to further develop our rowers at the elite level while also contributing to the recruitment of top-level athletes."
The Cardinals' current Boathouse is a beautifully renovated brick warehouse with ample storage for the fleet of shells, oars, cox-boxes, bench pull stands and other accessories. The launching site is a chute created by Towhead Island, creating a protected stretch of water for launching and docking. The boathouse is adjacent to the Louisville Rowing Club, which features year-round activity for rowers as well as the nationally known Adaptive Rowing Program.