About the Space

The Space

LVL1 consists of 8800 square feet of work area.

Main Work Area

The main work area also contains the lounge area, kitchen and bathrooms. Most of the action at LVL1 takes place here, including most meetings, classes, and general work activity. This area contains the makerbots, laser cutter, and most hand tools.


The boneyard is the section of the basement located behind the boarded up stairs.

Wood Shop

The wood shop contains many woodworking tools, including two CNC machines.

Metal Shop

The metal shop includes a mill, a lathe, pipe bending equipment, sheet metal equipment.

LVL1 Culture

LVL1 strives to promote an open and welcoming culture. We like the fact that we’re a public resource for the community. To keep this kind of openness in our community, it takes a little more effort in a social sense to keep things running smoothly. Being part of an open community can be a challenge sometimes. Try to display a little extra politeness, a little extra patience, a little extra cleanliness and a little extra friendliness.

Our primary policy is to “Be Excellent to Eachother.” If you’re not being excellent to your other members, expect to get called out for it. And if you don’t know whether or not something you’re doing is excellent, odds are, it isn’t.


LVL1 is a non-profit 501c(3) organization. We collect dues from our membership to pay rent, utilities, insurance and maintenance of the space. Any funds left over are used for tools and consumables for LVL1.

LVL1 has a 7 member Board of Directors elected by membership. This includes four elected officers and three at-large directors. The Board of Directors fulfill the roles required by Kentucky law and oversee the operation of LVL1. All of the directors are volunteers and are not compensated financially. The directors can be contacted by emailing directors@lvl1.org.

Regular Events

LVL1 has an Open Meeting & Making every Tuesday at 8pm. This is best time to come by the space to find out what’s happening and meet our community.
We keep a calendar of other upcoming meetings and events at http://lvl1.org.


LVL1 is a 501c3 non-profit, and will accept your donations of equipment or money. We accept all electronic and electromechanical equipment, except CRT monitors, or items containing CRT monitors. Donations should be made to LVL1 Inc. For more details on the rules of donations, see the 501c3 page. If you have any questions, contact directors@lvl1.org


LVL1 is a dynamic space with potential hazards requiring a mature attitude towards safety. Due to the nature of this environment (and the extra precaution required) unattended minors under the age of 18 are prohibited from LVL1, except when accompanied by a legal guardian.

When accompanied by a legal guardian, minors must have a Waiver filled out by that guardian.

Although LVL1 allows accompanied minors, keep in mind that we do not make any effort to maintain a kid-friendly environment.