Navigating Louisville isn't easy these days.
It often means contending with street detours, sidewalk closures and heavy machinery that blocks access to alleys and garages. There's also the endless jackhammering and dust and debris.
These are the side effects of the city's massive construction boom.
Private development in the Louisville area was expected to hit $4 billion between late 2016 and late 2018, according to World Build365, an industry blog. It ranked Louisville among five metros in the U.S. with the most new construction last year.
More than 100 building projects are underway in the Louisville area, including hotels, condos, retail space and warehouses. You can check out Louisville Business First’s Project Watch to track their progress, and sign up for our daily emails here to get the latest updates.
Some of these construction projects will be future contenders for our Commercial Real Estate Champions awards.
Now in its seventh year, the program honors developments and deals that exemplify excellence in the industry.
Dozens of local projects were nominated for this year's program. Projects completed in 2018 were eligible. We worked with a panel of Certified Commercial Investor Members, who reviewed the applications and weighed them based on their innovation, importance, impact and other factors. After much consultation and consideration, a team of Business First editors will award superlatives in 12 categories — including our top Project of the Year award — to developments and transactions that have left major impressions on our city.
Some have completely transformed our landscape, while others have generated jobs or breathed new life into old buildings.
This year, we'll also give a nod to eight additional projects that are worthy of recognition.
We'll reveal our superlative winners and other honorees at the 2019 Commercial Real Estate Champions awards. Click here for details.
We’ll also tell you more about these projects online and in a special section in the April 19weekly edition of Louisville Business First.
But for now, you can get a peek at this year's honorees by clicking on the slideshow above.