Center for Infrastructure Research (CIR)

To address urban infrastructure-related issues and challenges the Center for Infrastructure Research (CIR) was formed through a partnership between the University of Louisville, the Metropolitan Sewer District, the Louisville Water Company and Louisville Gas and Electric. The CIR leverages the limited resources of the sponsors to analyze common problems and developed research that promotes informed, intelligent, and rational decisions. Current research efforts include developing assessment methodologies for overflow abatement projects in support of regulatory reporting requirement, evaluating the long-term performance of green infrastructure stormwater controls, and extending the life of potable water infrastructure. The center also works to provide technical support for communities implementing sustainable infrastructure management practices.

The Center for Infrastructure Research serves to address the common interests of utilities, industry and UofL to:

  • Combine skills and knowledge of multiple disciplines to perform applied research on urban infrastructure issues,
  • Foster growth of the UofL research community,
  • Leverage resources from multiple sponsors to address common issues,
  • Perform relevant research by interested and qualified individuals,
  • Provide continued education, training, and resources to students, faculty, sponsors and the community, and
  • Disseminate learned information through technical forums and publications.

Core research facilities: The CIR works with center sponsors to develop living laboratories, which utilize existing functional infrastructure for assessing performance and technologies. For example, to assess the long-term performance and suitability of green infrastructure controls for mitigating urban stromwater runoff the center works with the Metropolitan Sewer District to embedded monitoring equipment in select controls.

Core scientific and technical staff:

Recent projects:

  • Assessing the performance of overflow abatement projects
  • Optimization and assessment of environmental infrastructures using data analysis and simulation
  • Evaluating the long-term impacts of green infrastructure installations on UofL’s campus
  • Performance assessment of permeable pavement installations


Outreach and community engagement activities: As part of the center objective, the CIR is committed to disseminating the lessons learned from its research. In support of this effort, the center actively produces publications and regularly presents findings. Additionally, the center is actively engaged with many local and national committees including the following:

For more information: on the center’s current and previous research projects, our industry partnership activities, educational workshops, and community engagement efforts please visit our website.