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Submitting Firm: THP Limited, Inc.

Project Name: University of Cincinnati Fifth Third Arena Renovation

Location: 2700 O’Varsity Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221

Date Completed:  2018

Project Team

Architect: Populous

Local Architect: Moody Nolan

Owner: University of Cincinnati

Construction Manager:  Skanska USA

Structural Engineer: THP Limited, Inc

This icon of Cincinnati Bearcat basketball received an $87 million renovation in 2018. The arena’s interior was gutted to accommodate a state-of-the-art facility with new luxury suites, better views, and updated fan amenities. The new arena features upgraded permanent lower level bowl seating and two 360-degree concourses, with one leading to a new open entrance plaza.

THP worked closely with the design and construction team from the start of conceptual planning to develop a new arena plan that could meet the university’s needs while maintaining the project budget and working within the existing building’s structural limitations. With half of the arena located over existing occupied space below, the new structural layout was carefully coordinated with the architectural floor plan to minimize the amount of reinforcement needed. A new lightweight stadia seating material was used to reduce overall weight within the existing arena. THP’s on-site presence allowed for quick resolution of unforeseen conditions that arose during construction.

THP Limited, Inc. is an Advisory Partner of AIA Cincinnati’s 2020 VISION program.

Credit: MSA Architects

Submitting Firm: Spohn Associates, Inc.

Project Name: Blue Ash Summit Tower

Location: Blue Ash, Ohio

Date Completed: April 2018

Project Team:

Architect: MSA Architects

Customer: City of Blue Ash

Contractor: Turner Construction

Photographer: Lindsay Nesbitt

Manufacturer Rep/Installers: Spohn Associates, Inc.

Brief Description

Spohn was very excited to see this beautiful project come together! The City of Blue Ash decided they wanted to erect this incredible 180′ observation tower in Blue Ash, Ohio. MSA Architects, Turner Construction and Spohn Associates collaborated to help in the design process. Spohn provided the entire exterior skin. This includes the perforated and ACM panels, the point supported glass, the ornamental railing, etc. 

Because of the scale and complexity of the job, Spohn has had a dedicated project manager on site since its inception. Spohn’s local sales rep in Cincinnati, Andy Muhlada, has also played a big role in the process, and had this to say: “From the beginning this has been a testament to teamwork. As each new challenge arises, there is a confidence that we have all the right players to overcome any obstacle.”

Spohn Associates is a Visionary Partner of AIA Cincinnati’s 2020 VISION program.

Submitting Firm: Reading Rock

Project Name: Xavier University Health United Building

Location: 1723 Cleneay Ave Cincinnati Oh 45207

Date Completed:  11/15/2019

Project Team

Architect: MSA Design

Owner: Xavier University

Mason: Ollier Masonry

GC: Messer Construction

Manufacturer: Reading Rock, Inc.

Brief Description: 

Technology and Teamwork Yield a Positive Result.

Sometimes positive + negative = positive. That’s what Matt Mintus, Project Solutions Coordinator in Messer’s Operations Technology Solutions (OTS) department, discovered when asked to work through façade challenges at Xavier University’s Health United Building in Cincinnati.

The building’s architect, MSA Design, envisioned a series of sports-themed concrete medallions adorning the building’s exterior. The only thing the project team had to start with were conceptual drawings in PDF format. Bringing them to life required technology and teamwork over the course of eight months along with Reading Rock’s ability to produce the medallions.

“These medallions are a staple piece of this building that’s highly visible on campus,” Mintus said. “The OTS department prides itself in specializing in the most up-to-date processes and technology. The biggest win is that the artist’s design touched three different companies and the final product stayed close to the original intent.”

Reading Rock is an Advisory Partner of AIA Cincinnati’s 2020 VISION program.

Submitting Firm:  NOLI Modern Italian Kitchens

Project Name: Hughes Residence

Location: 1826 Elm Street

Date Completed: January 2020

Project Team: 

Terry Boling, AIA, Architect

Damon Long/DesignBuildGC, General Contractor

Joe VanDeHatert, Photography

Karen and Bradley Hughes, Owners

Brief Description:

Architect Terry Boling, AIA was charged to remodel an historic OTR home (circa 1880) and capitalize on the unique layout to add a modern extension for open living.  With NOLI, they collaborated with their clients to design a bright, elegant space that connected the open kitchen and living areas to an inviting outdoor courtyard.

Designed to inspire and celebrate the clients’ culinary enthusiasm, the kitchen features two islands of 64 square feet of beveled, honed granite, and 70 linear feet of MAISTRI cabinets in a 24-in pattern (except the 30-in ovens). With MDF slabs finished in a tonal grey lacquer matte, the kitchen became a warm, efficient workspace. The bar and entertainment centers are hidden behind double pocket doors, while the VIVA beveled-edge doors, softly backlit counters, lacquered channel grips and low toe kicks contribute to the visual silence and sophistication of the space. 

Project contributed to LEED Platinum.

NOLI is a Bronze Level Sponsor of AIA Cincinnati’s 2020 CRANawards.