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  Preston Pointe, Page 18Preston Pointe
333 E. Main Street, #500, Louisville, KY 40202

Louisville, Kentucky
Total Square Feet: 105,768
Construction Period: Oct 2002 to June 2004

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates, Ltd. - 1801 West End Avenue, #400, Nashville, TN 37203
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: BosseMattingly Constructors, Inc. - 2116 Plantside Drive, Louisville, KY 40299
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Kerr Greulich Engineers, Inc. - 1534 Ormsby Station Court, Louisville, KY 40223
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Mindel, Scott & Associates, Inc. - 4545 Bishop Lane, #200, Louisville, KY 40218

Preston Pointe is a mixed-use structure featuring speculative office and retail space on five full-size floors, plus 9,800 square feet of two-story residential condominiums on the two partial floors (6 and 7) above. The project was developed by PM Partners, LLC and designed by Henry M. Potter, AIA, president of Potter & Associates Architects, PLLC and PM Partners, LLC.

The complex includes a below-grade parking area for 45 cars and an additional 32 parking spaces on grade. The mechanicals are hidden from view on the eighth floor and occupy the majority of the remaining attic space sloping to the summit.

Preston Pointe was built on a vacant piece of downtown land that fronts two streets with the Ohio River serving as a backdrop. The building seeks to re-establish the urban street line and corner with a design that reflects the low scale and rhythm of the buildings along Main Street, but at the same time sweeps to a 13-story height on the north and west elevations, which face the river, to emphasize the kinetic activity which is occurring along Louisville's new waterfront redevelopment area.

Brushed stainless steel panels were chosen as the cladding to complement this sense of activity through its reflective nature. The finish level of the brushed stainless steel panels was carefully determined to avoid reflectivity that would bother passing motorists. "We adjusted the finish level of the steel to a 4 rather than the 8 we had originally planned," Henry Potter, AIA, reports. "The stainless steel makes the building ever-changing and alive. It has become a real landmark.

The roof of Preston Pointe consists of custom designed steel girder trusses, firetreated plywood underlayment and gluedown Sarnafil roofing material. A void on the corner allows for an entrance from both streets at the first floor and also provides for a 1,200-square-foot earthen garden and terrace on each of the other commercial floors for tenants' use.

The eastern part of downtown Louisville along the river has found new life in recent years. The rebirth is attributable to a variety of factors, beginning about 1985, when Potter and some of the same partners involved in Preston Pointe converted the old Kentucky Lithography plant at 600 East Main into an office and residential complex called Billy Goat Strut. The former Belknap Hardware complex at First and Main was remodeled around the same time, and then the national headquarters of the Presbyterian Church (USA) moved in. "This is an area that has sprung back to life within the past few years, and we're thrilled to be able to contribute to it," Potter says.

DIV 07:
Membrane: Sarnafil; Architectural Wall Panel System: Dri-Design, Inc.
DIV 07: Windows, Entrance & Storefront: Kawneer.

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