Passport Officially Breaks Ground on Headquarters Building at New Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville

Passport Health Plan officially broke ground on the site of the new Health and Well-Being Campus on Wednesday, March 14, directly on the property at the intersection of West Broadway and 18th Street in Downtown Louisville.

Following the official groundbreaking – which included remarks from Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, and Passport CEO Mark Carter – a community celebration and forum was held at Louisville Central Community Center’s Old Walnut Street Development, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The new headquarters will be a 337,000-square-foot four-story building with 3 connected structures, or “pods,” along Broadway. There will also be a five-story garage connected to the main building through a pedestrian walkway, or “pedway,” with adjacent surface parking for up to 720 cars. There will be space for 550 current associates and hundreds more in the central and westernmost “pod” structures. The construction schedule is about 24 months, with a goal to occupy the building by early 2020.

During the groundbreaking, Mark Carter announced that the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) announced its intent to make its largest loan to date of $500,000 to Passport Health Plan, saying it is “honored to be part of Passport’s expansion in West Louisville, which will create jobs, affordable housing and increase access to healthcare, changing lives and contributing to our community.” CFL Impact Capital provides low-interest loans to support meaningful and transformative community projects in Louisville. Since its first loan in early 2014, it has approved nearly $2.4M of investment.

The “partner pod” structure on the east side is designed to house an array of health and human services. Passport is working with numerous organizations interested in having a presence on the campus. Nonbinding Memorandums of Understanding are in place with these organizations (with others in process):

  • The University of Louisville Office of Community Engagement, under the leadership of Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick (louisville.edu/communityengagement)
  • The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, which could move its federally funded Youth Violence Prevention Research Center to work on preventing youth violence, and also create a master’s program on community development, under the leadership of Dean Craig Blakely (louisville.edu/sphis)
  • Gilda’s Club, to provide social and emotional support for people and families living with cancer, under the leadership of President/CEO Karen Morrison (gildasclublouisville.org)
  • Hosparus Health, to provide hospice and home palliative care as well as grief counseling, under the leadership of President/CEO Phil Marshall (hosparushealth.org)

Passport also unveiled the “Faces of Passport” mosaic that was created out of more than 1,500 selfies that were posted on social media. The mosaic – which uses an iconic portrait from Legendary Louisville photographer Bud Dorsey– will hang in the lobby of the new headquarters building once construction is complete for all to view. Until then, it will be displayed for viewing at the current Passport offices. A high-resolution version of the mosaic can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/2tIBwng.

Also as part of the groundbreaking celebration for the Passport headquarters building, the architects and planners at Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan, Inc. created a video of what the headquarters building could look like. To view the video, please go online to https://youtu.be/TKGYfGYjqcc.  Please note that these are all conceptual renderings and are subject to change.

To watch the Facebook Live stream footage from the groundbreaking event today, click here.

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