PROJECT PROFILES

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Tisdel Distributing opens a new state-of-the-art showroom at the Kenwood Collection

Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove continue to be the industry leader in superior quality kitchen appliances. As the exclusive distributor of these brands in the Midwest and Midsouth, Tisdel has recently invested in a new 24,000 square foot showroom, featuring more than 250 appliances.

This new luxury showroom includes six beautiful vignettes, each of these created to inspire designers and homeowners. In addition to these vignettes, Tisdel has grouped together categories of appliances to make comparison and final selections easy. Here you will find refrigerators, wall ovens, cooktops, range, and rangetops, as well as wine storage and undercounter selections, all displayed tastefully in the expansive space.

The showroom is also home to a large demonstration kitchen where Tisdel hosts customers and trade partners alike. Consumer demonstrations, better known as “The Chef’s Table”, are held monthly – giving customers the opportunity to participate in an interactive environment while experiencing the many benefits of Wolf Appliances. Customers can also schedule a personalized consultation with one of Tisdel’s showroom consultants, where they can assist in making the best appliance selections for your home and lifestyle.

Schedule a showroom consultation or register for an upcoming event on our website at tisdeldistributing.com. For any additional questions or needs, contact your local representative Amanda Cook at amanda@jtdinc.com.

Design: Platte Architecture
Construction: HGC Construction
Millwork: Stanton Millworks
Interiors: Greiwe Interiors
Lighting Designer: Amanda Bennett
Flooring: Mansion Hill Custom Floors
Countertops: Cambria
Custom Metalwork: Metalcraft
Plumbing: Kohler
Furniture: LOTH, Inc.

Tisdel Distributing is the exclusive distributor for Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove, Asko, Faber, Best and Scotsman.

Kenwood Collection • Level R2 •  5901 E. Galbraith Road • Cincinnati, OH 45236
513.339.0990 • tisdeldistributing.com

Tisdel Distributing is a longtime supporter of AIA Cincinnati, beginning as a CRANawards sponsor before becoming one of our first Title Sponsors. Learn more at tisdeldistributing.com.

Certainty Of Outcome with Cincinnati Commercial Contracting

Reducing Your Risk

Business owners have many options for constructing their commercial facility, from very large corporate construction companies to simple general contractor based businesses. The differences that these options provide play out in the long term value of the final product, in addition to your personal time and effort that’s required throughout the building process.

At CCC, we tailor our process to suit you. Every project is different and so are the needs of every client. After getting to know a little bit more about you during the initial meetings in the Pre-Construction phase, we will tailor a team to best suit your needs. Every step that we take through the construction process, is specifically designed to mitigate the common risks of constructing a building.

What Makes CCC Different

Virtual Pre-construction

Every CCC project is developed in 3D/Building Information Modeling (B.I.M.), a virtual reality system. You will virtually experience your building before construction begins—no need to read blueprints. This thorough process reveals field challenges before ground breaking thus eliminating change orders and costly surprises. Updated 3D rendering will always be available to you online.

CCC uses BIM technology on every project to save our clients time and money. Learn more here.

We Deliver Immediate Honesty

We deal with issues that arise right away. We understand that mistakes happen but we do not sweep them under the rug. CCC believes in effective communication, and we keep clients informed to the degree they prefer.

We Provide Direct Line Access To Our Owners

There may be times during the construction process when you will want to have an owner-to-owner conversation. At CCC, we welcome that call.

More Construction Value For The Dollar

We are highly skilled at Value Engineering. Your CCC team will negotiate with our vendors and suppliers, but we refuse to compromise on our construction standard of providing long-term value for our clients.

“From the beginning to the end of the project, CCC was with us every step of the way. You listened to our needs and helped us prioritize according to our budget. You managed brand compliance vendors and made sure the project ran smoothly. The team kept in touch with excellent communication on a daily basis making sure the smallest details were completed to our satisfaction.”

— Greg Sweeney, Owner, Jake Sweeney Automotive

So, what are you waiting for? Contact CCC today. We will deliver an exceptional construction experience and a facility that will last a lifetime.

Cincinnati Commercial Contracting  is an AIA Cincinnati 2021 Title Sponsor. Learn more at cccontracting.com.

The View is breathtaking – and so are the floors


Atop Mt. Adams, The View treats guests to picturesque scenery of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. Jeff Rose and Bill Walz of Mansion Hill Custom Floors hope the cityscape isn’t the only item the venue’s patrons can’t take their eyes off of. 

“We partnered with Ron Novak of the drawing dept to create hardwood floors that would complement the beauty of The View’s location and his vision,” Walz said. “Its location is unparalleled and we wanted the floors to mirror its uniqueness.”                                      

Mansion Hill Custom Floors specializes in wood flooring and wood wall treatments. It collaborates with clients to deliver the products that fit their design needs, provide the durability required for each project, and create wood shapes and colors that make them step back, and say, “Wow!” 

Its products ring true to its company’s motto: “If you can imagine it, we can create it.”

This spring, Mansion Hill Custom Floors will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

“Without a doubt, we owe our success to architects and designers in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,” Rose said. “They’re the reason you can find our floors in countless commercial spaces and high-end homes throughout the region. We can’t thank Ron and AIA members enough for entrusting us with their projects.”

Ron Novak, AIA, LEED AP, explained why he chose Mansion Hill Custom Floors for The View.

“drawing dept has an extensive and robust portfolio of specialty design projects in many different wrappers each client-centric, site specific and prototypical,” Novak said. “We formed drawing dept over 15 years ago, eschewing the ego and historic practice of our profession for something much more real and approachable. We practice without excuse.

“The support and craft that Bill and Jeff offer through Mansion Hill Custom Floors Custom Floors is unmatched in this Universe! They hold their work and their word in the highest esteem so I trust them with all my hardwood needs.”

Mansion Hill Custom Floors installed engineered French white oak flooring specially designed for The View. The 36” squares are laid on a 45-degree angle and glued to concrete.

“Just as important as the aesthetics, we needed to ensure the floors withstand the high volume of guest and staff foot traffic,” Walz explained. “We selected engineered white oak flooring for its durability.”  

Benefits of Engineered v. Solid Floors

Before outlining its benefits, it’s important to understand the difference in how engineered and solid wood floors are created:

  • Engineered wood flooring is comprised of several layers of wood.
  • Solid wood flooring is made up of one piece of wood.


Benefits of engineered wood flooring:

  • Resiliency: The layers in the engineered floors create a highly stable core that is less likely to expand and contract. Solid wood flooring will contract and expand more in response to moisture. 
  • Installation: Engineered wood floors can be installed by nailing, gluing or floating on, above or below grades in a home, and it can be glued to concrete as well because of its ply layers. Solid wood flooring generally needs to have a subfloor beneath it.


Mansion Hill Custom Floors can customize engineered and solid wood floors to be nearly any length and width. They also tailor stains, colors and finishes to meet clients’ needs. Both types of flooring can be pre-finished or finished onsite.

If you need help deciding whether engineered wood flooring makes sense for your project, contact Mansion Hill to schedule an appointment. Its experts can help you decide which floor is right for your project.

Mansion Hill Custom Floors is an AIA Cincinnati 2021 Title Sponsor. Learn more at https://mansionhillcustomfloors.com.

Product Spotlight: Luxury Vinyl Tile

Hamilton Parker has long been known as the go-to in for all things tile and natural stone, but more recently they’ve added Luxury Vinyl Tile to the mix. 

“Here at HP, it is important to us that we always stay connected with the industry and the ever-changing needs and demands of our customers. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has been taking the industry by storm for the last few years. With such an increase in customer demand we knew it was here to stay, so we needed to bring the best options to our customers,” said Amie Anderl, Branch Director.

While Hamilton Parker offers several different lines, one of the most sought after, especially commercially, is Parterre, a brand that Hamilton Parker has exclusive distributorship for the entire state of Ohio. Parterre was selected as a leading brand by HP because they are known for unparalleled quality; offering both a large variety of designs and commercial industry-leading durability.

As stated on their website, “Parterre vinyl flooring is designed to meet the unique demands of a wide variety of applications. From hotels and hospitals to restaurants and retail spaces, Parterre’s commercial vinyl flooring is among the most versatile and durable vinyl flooring option available.”

When compared to other flooring options, LVT is a stand-out for both residential and commercial projects alike for multiple reasons.

Design: With endless choices of colors, styles, and designs to choose from, there are practically unlimited options. Advances in technology in manufacturing have allowed the industry to provide looks ranging from wood plank, to natural marble and stone, to fabrics. They range from muted, natural tones to bold, vibrant colors.

Durability: LVT is so durable and stable it’s suitable for high traffic areas and is also highly water resistant.

Ease of Use: Not only is LVT low maintenance, contractors love it due to ease of installation and repairs.

Environmentally Friendly: Most premium brands of LVT are made from PVC, which is made of recycled materials and is recyclable. Parterre takes it even farther, using salt, one of the earth’s most abundant natural resources, as a main ingredient in their floors, further reducing the carbon footprint.

Cost Effective: When compared to other flooring types LVT is very affordable. Not only is the actual material a great value, but the combination of the ease of installation and minimal setting materials needed, make it a great option.

Lifespan: While it will vary from product to product, and project to project, LVT is made to last 30-plus years depending on a combination of quality, maintenance, and use. 20 mil is the industry standard for commercial applications, while anything from 6-10 mil is sufficient for residential use.

While LVT is offered through many suppliers, at Hamilton Parker they strive to build relationships, not simply make a transactional sale; they want to be both a resource and a partner. They are a third generation, Ohio family owned business, that has served the design and construction industries since 1934. Their vision statement is: “Our purpose is to achieve our customer’s vision through trust and expertise.” 

Amie Anderl noted, “We really value being part of the industry and know the significance of partnering with other professionals; designers and architects. Partnerships such as this always deliver the most enjoyable projects along with the best results and projects we can all be proud of.” 

For more information on LVT, or other tile and natural stone products from Hamilton Parker, call to schedule an appointment (513-276-4840) at their Cincinnati/ Dayton area showroom and warehouse located at 2931 E. Kemper Rd. Sharonville, 45241.

Hamilton Parker is an AIA Cincinnati 2021 Title Sponsor. Learn more at https://www.hamiltonparker.com/location/cincinnati.

Avondale Revitalization Project

Marsh has been a wholesale distributor of Marvin Windows and Doors since 1992, starting with just two locations in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio. We now have seven locations, of which five carry the Marvin brand: Ft. Thomas and Lexington in Kentucky, and Montgomery, Dayton, and Columbus in Ohio.

Our partnerships with both commercial and ultra luxury residential architects in these communities has been critical in helping us grow the Marsh/Marvin brand in these markets. However, our partnership and support of AIA Cincinnati and their CRAN community has been unprecedented. We are a Charter Title Sponsor of what was once Cincinnati CORA (Congress of Residential Architecture) and now CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network), since its founding 18 years ago. We were AIA Cincinnati’s Sesquicentennial Sponsor in 2020 and have plans to maintain these incredible relationships for the foreseeable future.

Historic preservation is one of our growing markets. Various tax credit programs and HUD grants have fueled the restoration and revitalization of Cincinnati’s urban core. One of those projects is the Avondale Revitalization Project designed by AIA Cincinnati board member, Jeff Raser. Jeff partnered with Boston-based The Community Builders, HGC Construction, and Marsh/Marvin to restore nine scattered site low-income multi-family structures. Below are a few facts about this fantastic, one-of a-kind project:

  • A HUD Choice Community Grant was issued to fund the project in 2012
  • Jeff Raser and his team started the design and development in 2013
  • The project encompassed nine multi-family buildings on Reading Road in North Avondale.
  • Prior to this project, this area of Avondale struggled with crime, which was significantly reduced after the renovations.
  • Construction started in 2014 and ran through 2017
  • +/-$33 Million in construction costs not including building purchases
  • Marsh/Marvin provided over $1 million in historic windows, the largest historic restoration project we have completed to date.

Jeff Raser received feedback from the community leadership that the historic Marvin Replacement Windows made the most significant impact on these buildings. Without Jeff recognizing the virtues of Marvin’s Historic Window solutions, and Marsh’s advocacy and passion for historic restoration, we would not have been involved. We are proud to collaborate again with one of Cincinnati’s most accomplished historic restoration architects. Thank you, Jeff!

Marsh Building Products/Marvin Windows is an AIA Cincinnati 2021 Title Sponsor. Learn more at marshbuild.com.

Bringing the Indoors Out

When The English Contractor team started this exterior renovation in Hyde Park, who could have expected that we would have all have spent nearly a year dealing with a lock down, quarantine, social distancing and other safety measures. They have lots of customers coming to them now for plans on creating an outdoor oasis. These clients were lucky enough to have already had a plan for an outdoor living space in the works so they can safely (and warmly) entertain with family and friends in their own backyard. 

These homeowners acquired an older home that had been turned into a dentist’s office. They had worked over the past few years to restore it to its former glory. They partnered with The English Contractor to enhance the exterior of the building and the backyard.

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Hyde Park home front exterior: before
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Hyde Park home back exterior: before

The English Contractor’s work included new paint, a new, larger front porch, a poured concrete driveway, giving gated access to the backyard, a new, freestanding garage, and a back porch and patio that could offer room for extra parking.

The backyard provided a blank slate and the perfect spot for a new two-car garage, a rarity in this urban community of older homes. In addition to adding more storage and lighting, this new structure gave more privacy from neighbors for the new entertaining and outdoor living space. 

The covered doorway and small deck were removed from the back of the house, as were the two back doors. The doorway to the home’s living area was replaced with glass French doors. A new, larger overhang was added over the door to the basement. The large composite deck is big enough to allow for a seating area. A wood wall gives real privacy from the close next-door neighbors, plus built-in planters allow for seasonal color.

This new space is truly made for outdoor living. It includes a built in outdoor television, an outdoor kitchen, and a gas fire pit. We included all of the conveniences of the indoors to this outdoor space. Filled with comfortable and warm details, these homeowners will be able to enjoy this space all year round. 

The trend now is for outdoor spaces that are an extension of the indoor living space. These customers were ahead of this trend in planning for this outdoor oasis and now many customers are following suit. 

For more information on this project, check out this video from The English Contractor. You can read more about this and other projects on The English Contractor blog.

The English Contractor is not only a 2021 Title Sponsor, but is also a Platinum sponsor of AIA Cincinnati’s CRANawards. Learn more at theenglishcontractor.com.

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.