Luckett & Farley , an architecture, engineering and interior design firm headquartered in Louisville with locations in New York, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Pensacola unveiled renderings for the renovation of WaterStep’s International Headquarters ( located in Old Louisville during a special event Monday night at Ivy Tech Community College. WaterStep is a Louisville-based non-profit working globally to provide safe water to people in need.

“Once Luckett & Farley made the commitment to support WaterStep, our employee-owners rallied around the cause. Not only did we supply architectural and interior design concepts, but we donated dozens of pairs of shoes to help support their mission,” said Ed Jerdonek, president and CEO at Luckett & Farley.

The WaterStep Shoe Program was established to collect new and gently used shoes that are sold to an exporter to help finance the organization’s water projects, according to the WaterStep website. Those projects include producing new, low-cost technologies, such as their M-100 Chlorinator that produces clean drinking water and The Water Ball device that allows a person to transport water quickly and safely over several miles.

“While Luckett & Farley has a long history of supporting local non-profits of all types, WaterStep is unique in that they’re a local organization working globally to improve access to safe drinking water. Their methodology is innovative and we celebrate organizations and companies who think like we do,” said Jerdonek. “The ideas behind WaterStep’s technology solutions are simple and effective. In our office, we call that smart design.”


The renderings of the newly renovated headquarters show an open floor plan with several collaboration and meeting rooms intended to serve as incubator space. The façade includes new signage, entry, and a rooftop garden that will feature a bee apiary.

“We enjoyed working with WaterStep to design a unique headquarters that will facilitate their mission by bringing minds together to develop safe water solutions,” said Paul Sirek, Architect at Luckett & Farley. “We hope these designs will help generate the funding this project needs to become reality.”

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