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Abel Construction Company Safety News for 2013-2014

October 3, 2014

  • May 2008-December 2013: 2,030 days and 1,554,497 hours worked without a Lost Time Injury.
  • Completed our 1st KYOSHA Partnership in late 2013 on the U of L Student Recreation Center. 527 days and 213,801 hours worked without a recordable injury.
  • Completed our 2nd KYOSHA Partnership on the U of L Soccer Complex September 2014. 425 days and approximately 203,000 hours worked with 1 recordable injury.
  • Completed our 3rd KYOSHA Partnership on the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant MP&L South Project.    175 Days and approximately 66,000 hour worked without a recordable injury.
  • Abel Construction safety statistics have been below national averages for 5 straight years.
  • Abel Construction worked 390 days (February 2014-March 2015) and 450,531 hours without a OSHA recordable injury.
  • Abel Construction set two company records in 2014 with the lowest OSHA Recordable and DART Rates.
  • Received Certificate of Appreciation from Chevron for having an A grade in CHESM, Recordable Rate less than .5 in 2013, 100% ISN compliance and Zero Incidents in 2013 in Chevron.

For more on Abel Construction’s commitment to safety click HERE.

First Look at UofL Soccer's Lynn Stadium

August 13, 2014

View the story on WHAS11′s website HERE.

To view or download a pdf about the stadium click HERE.

“Tuesday was media day for the University of Louisville Women’s Soccer Team and we got our first look at the brand new Lynn Stadium both the women’s and men’s teams will play in this season.

“All we can say is wow. The venue can hold more than 5,300 fans, it features a massive video board opposite the main grandstand and more than 300 feet of dasher boards are being installed.

“Tuesday was also the first day the Cards got to be in their new digs and they were simply blown away.”

UofL Recreation Center Recognized for Excellence in Structural Engineering

July 31, 2014

We’re proud to announce that the University of Louisville Student Recreation Center has been recognized for “Excellence in Structural Engineering” by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA). Only a very few of these awards are given each year and we’re very proud to have our work selected. The Recreation Center is also in the running for the NCSEA’s “Most Outstanding Project” of 2014, to be announced at its September 19th awards program in New Orleans.

Abel Safety News: Over 1.5 Million Hours Worked Safely!

July 14, 2014

From May 2008 to December 2013, we had 2,030 days and 1,554,497 hours worked without a Lost Time incident report. Our Safety Director Scott Yaroma and Assistant Director Megan Fight have a great deal of responsibility for our very well respected Safety Department. They are a big part of our company’s success. Well done, Scott and Megan!

UofL Student Rec Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

June 9, 2014

The recently completed UofL Student Recreation Center has received LEED GOLD certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), resulting in the highest level of LEED certification on the University of Louisville Belknap Campus.

UofL Builds State-of-the-Art D1 Soccer Stadium

March 15, 2014

The University of Louisville’s Lynn Stadium will be the best Division I Soccer Complex in the country when it’s completed this summer. ABEL Construction Company Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., was awarded the project in May 2013. Substantial completion date is July 1, 2014, with final completion on Aug. 1, 2014.

Read the full article HERE.

Abel's Award-winning Project for Heaven Hill Offers Taste of Kentucky’s Bourbon Culture Downtown

March 14, 2014

Bardstown-based Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. has been able to capitalize on Kentucky’s bourbon industry growth with a $10.5 million distillery, tourist attraction and retail shop called the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on West Main Street in downtown Louisville. The project, completed in November 2013, gives hundreds of thousands of visitors to Louisville an opportunity to experience a piece of Kentucky’s bourbon culture.

Read the full Business First article HERE.

Award-winning UofL Student Recreation Center Replaces Smaller Facility

March 14, 2014

University of Louisville students asked for a better facility for athletics and recreation. In October 2013, they got what they wanted. The university’s new Student Recreation Center is a fitness facility for faculty, staff and students for everything from intramural sports to pick-up basketball games to individual activities such as weight lifting and aerobics.

Read the full Business First article HERE.


Construction Underway at New UofL Soccer Stadium

November 20. 2013

Abel Construction begins work on Lynn Stadium, the new home for University of Louisville soccer.

Watch the entire WLKY news story HERE.

Touring the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

November 19, 2013

The Evan Williams Experience takes you time-travelling from the wharves of Louisville in the 1780s where Evan Williams served as wharfmaster down Whiskey Row through prohibition and the depression to the founding of Heaven Hill in 1934 by the five Shapira brothers.

The reportedly $9.5 million Experience is Louisville through and through. The exhibits were designed by Solid Light, Inc. on Third Street. The construction was by Abel Construction out in Bashford Manor. The copper stills are Vendome Stills, made just a mile or so away from the attraction.

Even the actors in the historical reenactment films are local. A regular Louisville theater-goer would recognize Tony Dingman from Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, J. Barret Cooper from Savage Rose Theatre Company and Bill McNulty from Actors Theatre…

Read the full Insider Louisville story HERE.

Gov. Beshear Celebrates Grand Opening of Heaven Hill Distilleries' Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville

November 14, 2013

Governor Beshear today joined company officials and local leaders in Louisville to celebrate the grand opening of Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. The building – on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row – is the eighth stop on the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and the first ever in the city.

“Kentucky is already well-known for its rich bourbon tradition, and this newest stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail will only enhance that legacy,” said Gov. Beshear. “Bourbon is a big business, but more than an industry, bourbon is a culture, a history and a heritage built by generations of Kentuckians. I’m very excited to see this tradition grow.”

Read the full press release HERE.

UofL Cuts Ribbon on Student Recreation Center

October 18, 2013

The University of Louisville on Friday cut the ribbon on its $37.5 million, 128,000-square-foot student recreation center. The facility, located just off of Fourth Street, south of Cardinal Boulevard, will be open for student use on Monday, Oct. 28.

Visit Business First’s website HERE for the full story.

New UofL Recreational Center to Be Finished by October

August 23, 2013

Students at the University of Louisville will soon be able to enjoy a new recreation center.

More than $37 million has been invested in the new facility that will provide 128,000 square feet of new recreational sports space for the U of L students.

Visit WDRB’s website HERE for the full story with video.

State Labor Cabinet Partners with Abel Construction, Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council

June 7, 2013

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has entered into a construction safety partnership with Abel Construction Co. and the Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council for the construction of the University of Louisville’s soccer complex. The $15 million project is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.

Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts said when workers, contractors and regulatory agencies work as partners it is easier to promote safe work practices on construction job sites. “Abel Construction and their building and construction trade union partners should be applauded for their efforts to provide a workplace free of conditions that jeopardize employee safety and health.”

The construction partnership is a voluntary arrangement in which safety and health experts from Labor’s Division of Education and Training, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) make quarterly, consultative visits to the building site to provide extensive safety and health surveys.

Visits begin with an on-site conference of employees and subcontractors, followed by a walk-through inspection to identify hazards. Findings are discussed in a closing conference, followed within days by a detailed presentation of any hazards. In addition, abatement dates are set for deficiencies that have not already been corrected.

The last step is a detailed written report for the company. The partnership will continue until the construction project is complete. Abel Construction, founded in 1938, specializes in general contracting and construction management, design build and facilities maintenance.

Rupp Arena 'Re-invention' Project has Construction Manager and Architectural Partners on Board

July 2013

Abel Construction Company is pleased to announce their newest project, as a member of the Hunt-Abel-Finch team will be in Lexington. Abel Construction will be assisting Indianapolis based Hunt Construction Group in the renovation of Rupp Arena and the new construction associated with the newly re-designed Lexington Center Convention space. The Hunt- Abel -Finch team also partnered on the expansion of the Papa John’s football stadium in Louisville four years ago.

At a press conference Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the announcement was made with Gov. Breshear, Lexington Mayor Jim Grey, Selection Committee Chairman Brent Rice as well as other local and state officials present. It was a great turn out of many Lexington business and community leaders to show their support. The project is expected to start in 2014 and be completed in 2016.

Abel Construction to Build New UofL Soccer Stadium

June 2013

The University of Louisville men’s and women’s soccer teams will soon be moving into the country’s premiere soccer venue, which will be built by Abel Construction.

Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium, a $18.5 million, state-of the-art soccer stadium features seating capacity for more than 5,300 and includes a 15,500-square-foot training center. The natural turf field will be surrounded by chairback seating for 2,300 in the main grandstand, bleacher seating for 900 in the east end zone and two berms, which can accommodate 2,100. It is the second-largest on-campus facility project the Cardinals have built behind Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and its subsequent expansion.

For more details about the planned stadium and to view a video featuring a digital rendering, visit the UofL site here.

Bill Abel Throws First Pitch at Newly-expanded UofL Stadium

Feb. 2013

Bill Abel, owner of Abel Construction, showed off his heater with the opening pitch at the UofL vs. EKU game, the first game in the university’s newly-expanded Jim Patterson Stadium. Abel Construction is responsible for the stadium’s facelift.The Cardinals went on to win the game 17-6.

Visit WAVE 3′s website HERE for video.

Behind the Scenes: UofL's Student Recreation Center

Feb. 2013

U of L has passed the halfway point on its student recreation center, and WDRB Fox 41 got an exclusive look behind the scenes at the construction. The new building is state of the art, more than doubling the size of what students use now.

Visit WDRB’s website HERE for the full story with video.


Evan Williams Distillery Visitors Center

Oct. 2012

Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., along with Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, announced the September 2013 opening of The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience™. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience™ will be a multi-million dollar artisanal distillery, immersive tourism experience and retail location which will celebrate the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first distiller and namesake of Heaven Hill’s flagship Bourbon brand. Heaven Hill Distilleries—the largest family-owned and -operated distilled spirits company in the country, and producers of Evan Williams, the second largest selling Bourbon in the world—will be renovating their historic building at 528 West Main Street, in the heart of what was once called “Whiskey Row” in Louisville. Evan Williams, who also served as an early Trustee of the City of Louisville, served as wharfmaster, and built the first county clerk’s office and city jail, set up his early distillery in 1783 near what are now 6th and Main Streets in downtown Louisville—almost directly across Main Street from where the new attraction will be located.

The highlight of The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience™ will be a fully functioning, artisanal pot still distillery, viewable to visitors and capable of producing a range of American Whiskey types and styles. The gleaming copper pot stills are a modern version of the same type of equipment Evan Williams himself set up in his distillery along the Ohio River over 200 years ago.

The signature feature of The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience™ will be the façade of the building, which will feature a five story high Evan Williams Bourbon bottle. The pouring bottle will be reproduced as window graphics in the top three floors, but will become three dimensional in the two lower floors as the neck of the bottle and a large glass in the lobby form a flowing “Bourbon fountain.”

“We at Heaven Hill Distilleries are so pleased to be able to announce this exciting new initiative for Louisville, for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and for our Evan Williams Bourbon brand,” stated Heaven Hill Executive Vice President Harry J. Shapira. “This is an exciting time for the Commonwealth and Heaven Hill,” said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in a prepared statement. “Heaven Hill’s growing presence only adds to the appeal of downtown Louisville and means new jobs for Kentucky families and a boost to our economy. The Bourbon industry is one of Kentucky’s signature industries and plays a vital role in Kentucky’s economic success, representing thousands of jobs and producing millions of dollars in incomes.”

Abel Construction would like to thank all of our sub-contractors and Lee Bagley of Barnette & Bagley Architects in Lexington for all of their efforts and hard work getting this project started. Abel’s project team consists of Frank Avis, Sr. Project Manager; David Judd, Project Engineer and Kevin Raley, Project Superintendent.

Norton Healthcare

Norton Etown

Oct. 2012

Abel is currently building a new MOB facility in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, for Norton Healthcare Services. The Medical Office Building is a pediatric care facility approximately 12,000-square-feet in plan and consists of twenty-seven exam rooms; X-ray room; laboratory; and office support functions. The building will be clad in brick veneer and exterior finish systems with multi-colored panels to provide a fun, kid-friendly environment.

UofL Baseball Stadium Expansion

July, 2012

Always a good thing when the Superintendent of a University of Louisville project is wearing a UofL hard hat. Doug Walls, who is overseeing the expansion of Jim Patterson Stadium, flashes the “L” sign indicating that construction is well under way.

The areas behind the first and third base dugouts are being cleared for the installation of permanent seating, which will boost overall seating capacity to 3,000-plus. He expects the project to be complete in time for the beginning of the 2013 baseball season.

Walls was in good spirits despite the nasty 100-plus degree temperatures, cordially giving a fellow UofL fan a tour. He’s the father of seven children and six grandchildren and is a longtime fan, as is one of his sons working with him on the project. They made the observer promise to bring UofL stickers on his next trip to the stadium. “We’ll make sure all the workers are wearing them, no matter who they pull for,” he said. The observer will follow through, count on it.

UofL Student Recreation Center

June, 2012

UofL students soon will enjoy state-of-the-art sports and recreation facilities in a location more convenient to new housing and other development on the west side of Belknap Campus.

The UofL Board of Trustees and the Council on Postsecondary Education approved a plan to build a $38 million, 128,000-square-foot student recreation center (SRC) off Fourth Street between Kurz and Minardi halls. Scheduled to open in fall 2013, the facility will offer:

  • increased exercise and weight equipment
  • a gymnasium with six courts for basketball, volleyball and other sports
  • multi-activity court for indoor soccer, floor hockey and other sports
  • aerobics/wellness studios
  • a jogging track
  • racquetball courts
  • a fitness lab
  • classrooms/meeting rooms
  • locker rooms
  • food service and lobby area
  • gaming area

The facility also will include a lighted, outdoor artificial-turf field behind Kurz Hall. That field will be used primarily for informal student recreational use, sports club practices and physical education classes. The artificial turf will allow for outdoor activity even during periods of inclement weather.

The center will be the first UofL building to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy and is expected to earn gold certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

The Abel team for this project will be Richard Banta, Vice President of Construction -Project Executive, Frank Avis – Sr. Project Manager, Jeremy Biblelhauser – Project Manager, Danny Reinstedler will be the project superintendent. Randy Lanham will be the concrete superintendent and Julie Kaiser is the Project Administrator. Abel’s J.V. partnership with Barry Cash of Finch Constructors will serve as the project MEP Co-Ordinator.

Norton Cancer Institute-Downtown

May, 2012

Abel Construction Company is proud to announce that LEED CERTIFIED status has been awarded for the new Norton Cancer Institute in downtown Louisville. The 65,412 square foot facility is one of only 14 new sites chosen by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to join a national network of community cancer centers offering expanded research opportunities and state of the art cancer care. The NCI becomes the first site in Kentucky to be chosen by the National Cancer Institute for its Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and one of only 30 sites in the entire country. The ground breaking ceremony took place on Jan. 14, 2012.

Norton Healthcare hired Paul Hirn, Vice President of Design for Abel Construction Company as LEED AP to direct the process with the design and owner’s team members. Paul and his staff worked diligently throughout the project duration in securing the LEED certification.

Todd Wooldridge was the Project Manager and Kevin Raley, Doug Walls and Rob Abel were ProjectSuperintendents, Brandon Estenfelder was the Project Engineer, Sharon Wayne was the Project Assistant and Crystal Schiess was the LEED Project Administrator. Abel would like to thank each and every one of our team members, sub -contractors and Norton employees that worked on this wonderful project! We could not have done it without each one of you.