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2019 Annual Chapter Conference

chapter conference   Wednesday, October 23, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cocktail Reception
Copper & Kings
Copper & Kings
1121 E. Washington St., Louisville KY 40206

Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Gheens Foundation Lodge
Gheens Foundation Lodge
The Parklands @ Floyd’s Fork
1421 Beckley Creek Pkwy., Louisville KY 40245

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2018 Annual Chapter Conference

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:45 am – 4:30 pm
Speed Art Museum, Grand Hall
2035 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208

A4LE invites you to join us on October 25 for our annual conference.

For additional information or questions, please contact Ben Simmons at [email protected]

2017 Annual Chapter Conference

November 15, 2017
Discovering Learning
Embassy Suites Lexington, Lexington, KY

2016 Annual Chapter Conference

November 16, 2016
Educational Trends and Alternative Learning Spaces
Embassy Suites Lexington, Lexington, KY

2015 Annual Chapter Conference

November 5, 2015
Embassy Suites Lexington, Lexington, KY

Past Events

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Libations & Learning

March 31, 2022
4:00 pm Eastern

Hosted by MBI
2307 River Road, Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40206

Enjoy cocktails and a CEU to kick off Spring with the new A4LE. Drinks and appetizers provided by MBI.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $10
Taming Moisture: How to Prevent, Survive and Solve Moisture Problems in Concrete

The most commonly recurring and expensive flooring-related problem is moisture. In fact, North American commercial property owners spend an estimated $1 billion on remediation of structures and floor coverings as a result of moisture-related flooring failures annually. This course explains why more moisture problems are occurring and how moisture behaves in concrete. The course covers the ways to prevent, mitigate or solve moisture problems in concrete that eventually destroy flooring.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Three reasons moisture problems are increasing
  2. Three effects excessive moisture will have on flooring
  3. The four sources of moisture in concrete
  4. How moisture behaves in concrete
  5. How to test for moisture
  6. How to prevent, survive and solve moisture problems in concrete

Virtual Event

Call for Chapter Officers February 17, 2022
4:00 pm Eastern

Call for Chapter Officers
Calling those who are interested in improving the places where children learn! The Kentucky chapter is hosting a virtual info session to recruit Chapter officers that can help facilitate collaboration between our schools, architects, designers, and vendors. Our main mission is to lead innovation at the intersection of learning and place. We hope to create environments where learning inspires.

Please RSVP below. Zoom meeting information will be sent to the registrants the morning of the event.

This event is FREE but you must respond!

Virtual Year End Meeting

Virtual Year End Meeting

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
5:00 – 6:00 pm Eastern

Hear the latest from the Kentucky Chapter. Discuss plans for the new year & just mix and mingle.

FREE to attend!

Link will be sent to registered attendees the morning of the event.

After Hours Networking

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Bourbon Barrel Loft
Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Loft
300 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Bourbon Barrel Loft For years the Kentucky Chapter has led the conversation in developing safe, secure and technologically equal learning environments for the students of the Commonwealth. We thank you!

In an effort to re-connect with each other we would like to invite you to join us for an "After Hours Networking" event on Wednesday, August 11 at the Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Loft. Please join us between 5:00pm-7:00pm.

If you are a member, or former member, of A4LE, please join us. Our work is still important and your participation is valued. Have a Great Day!

This is a FREE event, but you must register!!!

Brought to you by M.B. Kahn
MB Kahn

Membership Meeting

September 17, 2020
11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Good Morning Everyone!

First, I hope everyone is doing well and you are safe. This has been a year to remember, or quickly forget, and I hope that we all are back to some sense of normalcy soon.

When I attended your last Chapter event we had a conversation about what our Association could do to help the Kentucky Chapter with member support and services. The idea of a series of webinars that International could host was discussed. I would like to follow-up on those ideas and plan a strategy for your benefit.

If you are available, I would like to set up a Zoom meeting for everyone to participate on Thursday, September 17th at 11:00am (eastern). I do not believe we will need more than 30-45 minutes. It is an opportunity for us to share ideas, seek your input and then we can plan accordingly. If you should have any questions in advance, please feel free to call me at 864.354.3577.

Your service to the educational system of Kentucky is greatly appreciated. Hope to see you on the 17th, and thank you for your time. Have a Great Day!

Chuck Saylors
A4LE Board Regional Representative

Chapter Presentation & Tour

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
2PM at the Athletic Complex
2001 Frankfort Pike, Georgetown KY 40324

Great Crossing High School
Great Crossing Georgetown and Scott County rank as the fastest growing community in Kentucky. Because of this tremendous growth the Scott County Board of Education selected Clotfelter/Samokar Architects to design a second high school that will serve their growing student population. Opening in the Fall of 2019 Great Crossing High School and the adjoining athletic complex will provide the students of Scott County a state of the art educational facility. David Smokar, President of Clotfelter/Samokar Architects will share the project goals, the importance of client communication, considerations for future growth and the importance of incorporating spaces for differentiated learning into a 21st century learning environment.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the importance of gaining input from both the community and school district when developing design priorities.
  2. Discuss the importance of owner/architect communication during programming, design development and through construction and how it makes a project successful.
  3. Gain insight into designing for future growth without the need to add building additions.
  4. Discuss the importance of providing spaces for differentiated learning opportunities when designing 21st century learning environments.

Tour starts at 2PM at the Birds Nest Athletic Complex. Enter from Frankfort Pike. After touring the Athletic Complex, we will drive around to the front entry of Great Crossing High School. GPS directions: Elhorn Crossing School, 2001 Frankfort Pike, Georgetown, KY 40324. Download map »

Members: FREE | Non-Members: $10
Event Sponsor: $500

Event Sponsor
Lynn Imaging and Monster Color

Chapter Tour

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Frederick Douglass High School
2000 Winchester Road, Lexington, KY 40509

21st Century Learning: The Evolution of Media Centers – Frederick Douglass High School
Frederick Douglass High School The event will consist of a 45 minute panel discussion, 15 minutes of Q&A, and a 30 minute tour.

Media Centers strive to ensure that students have equal access to both books and reading, but also to technology and digital based information. Aside from access to information, these spaces embody the goal of connecting students to learning and to each other. As educational environments continue to evolve to adapt to 21st Century Learning practices, Media Centers are also evolving to meet the demands of this shift toward a more collaborative approach to education. This panel discussion will explore both the opportunities and challenges K-12 Media Centers face today along with best practices for making these spaces highly relevant, learner centered and flexible to future changes in education.


James Allen
James Allen is a teacher, librarian and the Edhub Director at Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, KY. He is passionate about providing students with unique learning experiences while also helping teachers learn tools, ideas, and strategies that make learning more engaging and fun. He is a member of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians and served as President in 2016.

Emily Damron Northcutt, NBCT
Emily Damron Northcutt has been a Kentucky public school librarian for 18 years and is about to open the new K-8 library at the Marnel C. Moorman School in Shelbyville. MCM's library and its programs will support school and district goals for collaborative and personalized learning. Emily is a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media and is currently serving as the President of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians.

Lori Coffey Hancock
Lori Coffey Hancock is going into her 16th year as a school librarian for The Lexington School, a preschool through eighth grade private school in Lexington, Kentucky. After two years of meeting with architects, she is looking forward to welcoming students to the school's brand new library this month! Lori is currently serving as the Past-President for the Kentucky Association of School Librarians.

Kelli Reno
Kelli Reno is the library media specialist at Frederick Douglass High School. She's a big fan of critical, curious, and creative thinking that meets students (and teachers) where they are in order to propel them forward. Her library spaces prioritize creativity and collaboration in support of academic goals.

Steven R. Turckes, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP
Principal, K-12 Education Global Practice Leader
Steve firmly believes in the power of education and educational environments to change lives. For over thirty years, principally with Perkins+Will, he has shaped educational facilities in the Midwest, across the nation, and all over the world. Steve’s body of work reflects his focus on connecting the knowledge and experience of educators with the energy and enthusiasm of students and communities to support innovative educational missions and spaces. His process is infused with the principles of observation, collaboration and knowledge sharing, and he has led teams creating future-ready environments that stand the test of time.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how Media Centers are being used today and how that use has evolved over time. What does a day in a Media Center look like and how does that change from elementary through high school?
  2. Explore the opportunities and challenges that face K-12 Media Centers today and identify best design practices for making them highly relevant.
  3. Identify design solutions that allow Media Centers to be learner centered, supporting both individual and collaborative learning.
  4. Gain insight into "future-proofing" Media Centers to react to changes in both learning and technology.

Members: FREE | Non-Members: $10

Event Sponsor
MB Kahn

Chapter Event

Monday, July 8, 2019
12:00 pm
Northeast Regional Library
15 Bellevoir Circle, Louisville, KY 40223

Tour of Northeast Branch of Louisville Free Public Library
Louisville Free Public Library The total price tag for construction, books, computers and furnishings is estimated at $17.8 million, with $14 million combined from the state and capital funds allocated by Mayor Fischer and approved by the Metro Council, and the additional $3.8 million raised from private donations to the Library Foundation.

Features of the Northeast Regional Library will include:
  • Approximately 40,000 square feet of dynamic space
  • Sustainable, eco-friendly, cost-efficient design
  • 120,000 books and other materials
  • Public meeting rooms and maker spaces
  • Innovative hands-on "maker-space" with an audio/visual lab and a demonstration kitchen
  • Dedicated children's area
  • Dedicated space for teens
  • Public computers with wireless access
  • Services for senior citizens

Weaving a landmark, park, and new pavilion into a community campus

Learning Objectives:
  1. Exploring how program driven daylight harvesting and performance task lighting minimizes energy use while creating a compelling experience.
  2. Discussion of how early building energy modeling supported careful placement of new construction within a mature landscape.
  3. Review the collection of adaptable spaces that support dynamic and diverse library programming.
  4. Discussion of the unique features of the site that inspired whole campus design solutions.

Free to attend!

Chapter Tour

Monday, May 20, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
3940 Grandview Avenue, Louisville, KY 40207

Louisville Free Public Library, St. Matthews Branch Addition Tour
Louisville Free Public Library The City of St. Matthews approached Louisville Free Public Library about expanding the scope of a planned renovation of the St. Matthews Library branch. Instead of minor interventions in the existing branch, the City’s goal was that the busiest branch in the LFPL system would have an increased presence in St. Matthews and an enhanced capacity to serve the community. The resulting renovation and expansion tripled the branch’s square footage but also triggered the reconsideration of the entire campus on which the library is sited. Steven Ward of Studio Kremer architects will present the design trajectory, share key design considerations, and host a tour of the newly opened facility.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the priorities of a library system needing to address a variety of programming needs and conflicting public expectations.
  2. Understand how a limited-scope project to expand a library branch impacted planning for the full campus of St. Matthews’ City Hall.
  3. Gain insight into how the goals of developing an expanded branch library, albeit a highly-trafficked one, can differ from those of the larger regional hubs.
  4. Get an introduction to some design solutions and systems not used often in our local construction market.


Free to attend!

2018 Summer Tour

Friday, July 20, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
7300 Jefferson Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40219

Maximizing Performance and Experience: The New Louisville Free Public Library South Central Regional Branch
Colin Drake, AIA, LEED AP, JRA Architects

Louisville Free Public Library South Central Regional Branch


Free to attend!

Chapter Lunch & Tour

Thursday, June 21, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
2001 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Bellarmine University, Centro Building
The Kentucky Chapter is hosting a tour of Bellarmine University, Centro Building. The Centro Building was completed in 2016 by Potter & Associates Architects and CMTA Consulting Engineers. Additional information regarding CEUs will be provided when available.

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2017 Summer Tour

Thursday, July 20, 2017
11:30 am – 1:00 pm (lunch included)
10941 Kings Crown Drive, Prospect, KY 40059

Norton Commons Elementary School Tour
Please join us for an exciting tour and lunch at JCPS’s newest school, Norton Commons Elementary. Located in northeast Jefferson County, the state-of-the-art building features plenty of natural light and eco-friendly details such as energy-efficient motion-activated LED lights, individual thermostats in classrooms and geothermal heating and cooling, increasing student learning and energy efficiency.

Norton Commons Elementary School Norton Commons Elementary School

The library media center includes a makerspace – a collaborative learning center that will provide students with hands-on, creative ways to design experiment, build and invent. In addition, the center houses an audio/visual/broadcast room with green screens. Students will have access to a STEAM lab and each Norton Commons Elementary classroom will have Epson interactive projectors.

Norton Commons Elementary School Norton Commons Elementary School
Norton Commons Elementary School Norton Commons Elementary School

The school enjoys a unique public/private partnership with the Norton Commons YMCA. Promoting educating the “whole child”, the partnership enables them to share facilities, maximize budgets and concentrate public amenities in a central suburban setting. The joint venture with the YMCA is the first of its kind in the state of Kentucky and one of only two such endeavors in the U.S.

With a focus on increasing student learning and energy efficiency, the building was designed and completed by VBN Architects and CMTA Consulting Engineers.

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Non-member FREE
Lunch Sponsor $250

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