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Cintrifuse
Over the Rhine - Cincinnati, OH

CITYSTUDIOS is the design architect for the total renovation of three historic mixed-use buildings in Over-the-Rhine that will house Cintrifuse, a non-profit, new business incubator, accelerator and mentoring program. One of the buildings, 1313 Vine Street houses a large historic beer hall space. In addition to leading the design, CITYSTUDIOS is completing state and federal historic tax credit documentation for the project. The facility will include co-working spaces, conference center, classrooms, event spaces, roof deck, cafe and restaurant. Size:
-Complete renovation of (3) existing historic buildings in Over-the-Rhne, 45,000 square feet

Firm Responsibility:
-Programming
-Schematic Design
-Construction Documents and Construction Administration
-Historic State and Federal Tax Credit Certification Documentation

Project Status:
-Construction Documents
cintrifuse existing facades 1313 and 1315 vine st

Existing facade conditions of 1313 and 1315 Vine streets. The building is currently referred to as 'the warehouse'

cintrifuse huddle spaces

Rendering showing the proposed ground floor work area, looking toward various 'huddle spaces'.

cintrifuse outdoor area

Night rendering showing the outdoor area, featuring pergola, fireplaces and bocci court

cintrifuse living room and cafe

Rendering looking towards the 'living room' and cafe area.

cintrifuse multipurpose room

View of the multipurpose room looking towards various 'huddle' spaces. This multipurpose room is located in the historic beer hall of 1313 Vine Street.

cintrifuse beer hall 1313 vine

Existing beer hall space at 1313 Vine Street.

cintrifuse elevator lobby

Upper level elevator lobby, with work spaces, Brandery Space, and work booth areas.




tea company townhome


Tea Company Townhomes
Over the Rhine - Cincinnati, OH

The Tea Company Townhomes project involved the complete renovation of three historic Over the Rhine buildings into (8) condominiums, (1) fee-simple single family home, and a white-boxed commercial space. The design for this project attempted to create contemporary, modern units within historic shells. To enlarge the sense of space within the units, the design utilized multiple openings through floor levels - bringing light and air into various spaces, and create a feeling of connection between different parts of the units. Size:
-Complete renovation of (3) existing historic buildings in Over-the-Rhne, 16,000 square feet

Firm Responsibility:
-Schematic Design
-Construction Documents and Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed September, 2014
3 story unit

open staircase and storage loft at a unique three-story townhome.

open kitchen layout

Open kitchen layout and minimalist detailing created clean, modern spaces within historic shells.

contemporary kitchen

Contemporary kitchen appliances and cabinetry

open stair

Staircases and two story spaces were used to share light between different levels, and create a 'loft-feel' in each unit.

stair and kitchen

Exposed brick, raw steel railings, and cement board panels combine to create a loft-style unit.

two story space

Careful removal of floor area created dramatic 2 and 3 story openings throughout the building.

single family home

The single family home shared many of the same aesthetic and spatial design elements.




Parkside Development Project


Parkside Development Project
Lexington, KY

The first phase of the Parkside redevelopment is the replacement of an abandoned YMCA facility in a Hispanic neighborhood in Lexington, KY, with new housing, commercial space and a community center. Phase one is a 36 unit apartment complex, including some fully ADA compliant units. The commercial spaces will bring a level of activation to the ground floor while the Community Center provides public meeting spaces and vocational training. Also included in the project is the buildout of one commercial space for the Sunshine Kids, a service that provides supervised visitation for court-ordered visits with non-custodial parents. The second commercial space houses a community outreach office for the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program - a service provider for prevention and intervention services which provides counseling, support groups and a healing shelter program. Size:
-Construction of 36 new apartments, 5000 s.f. of commercial space including space for the Sunshine Kids Visitation Center, the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program outreach office, and a 1000 s.f. community center

Firm Responsibility:
-2010 Kentucky Housing Corporation funding package
-Master Planning
-Design and Construction Documents
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed January 2012
Parkside interior view

Interior view of one of the units at the new Parkside development.

Parkside outdoor area

The building feaures several outdoor areas, including a patio space at the second floor that overlooks the courtyard.

Parkside balconies

Each unit features an exterior balcony. These elements help provide for a dynamic facade.

Parkside courtyard

The new building is organized around a central courtyard area.

Parkside balcony details

The primary facade materials are EIFS and cement fiberboard




Forest Square Senior Apartments


Forest Square Senior Apartments
Cincinnati, OH

As part of the ongoing revitalization effort under way in the Uptown neighborhood of Cincinnati, CITYSTUDIOS, in association with the Uptown Consortium and Model Group, Inc. designed a new, 21 unit senior living apartment building. This project affords local residents a safe, accessible housing option, which allowed them to remain in their neighborhood and contribute to the vitality of the area. The project is LEED for Homes Gold certified, and includes sustainable features such as brownfield site mitigation, paneled wall systems, water-saving fixtures, cool-roof materials and utilization of energy-star appliances and equipment throughout. The overall carbon footprint of the project is substantially reduced by taking advantage of the strength of the existing neighborhood as a walkable community, with multiple public transportation options, inviting sidewalks and commercial and retail establishments within easy walking distance. Additional site amenities include walking paths, private patios, private parking and community gardens. The project increases the density of the neighborhood, contributing to its vitality and sustainability. Size:
-28,000 s.f. of new construction containing 21 unit Senior Living Apartments

Firm Responsibility:
-2008 Ohio Housing Finance Agency funding package (funded)
-LEED For Homes Gold Certification
-Zoning Variance Preparation and Hearing
-Design and Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed Fall 2010
Forest Square Elevation Detail

Elevation detail

Forest Square community lounge

View of the community lounge area

Forest Square Steve Smith and HUD Shaun Donovan

Model Group CEO Steve Smith onsite with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

Forest Square Senior Apartments

View of the interior of one of the senior apartments. The design was tailored to allow aging in place, by providing accessible appliances and work surfaces.

Forest Square signage

Main sign on Forest Avenue. The project takes advantage of its context - a strong, vibrant, walkable community.




Christ Church Glendale - New addition


Christ Church Glendale Addition
Glendale, OH

This project consists of an 15,000 s.f. addition to the historic Christ Church in Glendale, OH. The project replaces a 1959 addition by Woodie Garber that had fallen into disrepair. The new addition will contain a contemporary worship space, a 2,000 s.f. Fellowship Hall, new offices, meeting rooms, classrooms and a nursery. The facility will also serve as part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, accommodating outreach services for homeless families. The original church, completed in 1872, is part of the Glendale Historic Register. Throughout the design process, CITYSTUDIOS has worked closely with a church building committee to provide a solution that is both contemporary, but also respects the existing church and does not compete with it. Careful selection of masonry materials will respect the essence of the existing church, while trying not to mimic. The current solution involves a recessed entry plaza, an exterior courtyard that provides outdoor worship space, and glazing throughout that maximizing views back to the historic church. Size:
-15,000 s.f., two story addition to historic church, including a new chapel, fellowship hall, offices, meeting rooms, classrooms and IHN outreach services for homeless families.

Firm Responsibility:
-Programming and Schematic Design
-Construction Documents
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Under Construction
Christ Church Glendale entry plaza

A new entrance plaza is set back in front of the new addition, simultaneously respecting and giving views of the historic stone structures.

Christ Church Glendale chapel

The new chapel will serve as a flexible, contemporary worship space that contrasts with the formal grandeur of the existing church. With seating for ~200 people, the space will both serve a growing congregation, and will be flexible enough to provide space for a variety of activities.

Christ Church Glendale staircase

An open staircase and entry lobby provides both a visual and aural connection between the different areas of the church, once again helping to connect the new facility to the existing.

Christ Church Glendale new contemporary chapel

The design massing creates an exterior courtyard space that can also be used for services.

Christ Church Glendale courtyard worship space

View of the new Chapel from Sharon Rd.

Christ Church Glendale courtyard worship space

The entry to the new addition will be a light, glass filled area that incorporate the traditional red door.




Park and Vine


Park and Vine
Over the Rhine - Cincinnati, OH

This project is an interior design and fit-out of an eco-friendly general store located on Main Street in the Over the Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, OH. Park+Vine is a multi-functional space in a 3,650 sq. ft. historic storefront that includes a mini-grocery, retail and café area. Remaining true to Park+Vine’s business model, we designed an environmentally conscious space that maintained historic wood floors, metal ceilings and plaster while integrating re-claimed materials, fixtures and furniture. Size:
-3,650 s.f., commercial storefront

Firm Responsibility:
-Design
-Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed 2010
Park and Vine - commercial buildout

Photographs showing the custom stock shelving and coffee bar area.

Park and Vine

Photographs of the coffee bar area and the various dry goods and various other merchandise.

Park and Vine

Floor plan - given the existing conditions of the space, the layout of the new store required careful study.




The renovated Elberon


The Elberon
Cincinnati, OH

The Elberon is an existing five story early 1900's historic building in East Price Hill, Cincinnati. The project consisted of a complete renovation of the building, including a new elevator and layout reconfiguration for thirty-six units of affordable senior housing. Working in association with the developer and the local not-for-profit agency Price Hill Will, CITYSTUDIOS developed the project in accordance with the sustainable design principles of the Green Communities Initiative and Silver level LEED for homes midrise program. In addition to the interior renovation, the project provides extensive exterior improvements including the demolition of two adjacent dilapidated structures for off-street parking, patios for garden level apartments, and landscaping. Accessibility upgrades and the incorporation of Universal Design standards were a major factor in the development. Project includes two accessible entrances, fully accessible units and the installation of a new elevator serving all levels. A residence community room is located in the historic sidewalk level commercial space. Size:
-48,000 s.f., four story building with 37 dwelling units

Firm Responsibility:
-2010 Ohio Housing Finance Agency funding package
-Pursuing Green Communities Certification
-LEED for Homes Silver - Midrise Certification
-Design and Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed Spring 2012
The Elberon - Facade details

Photographs of the renovated Elberon building, showing the historic balcony structures.

The Elberon - Plan

First floor plan.

The Elberon - renovated interior unit

Interior photograph showing one of the renovated units with historic details and elements incorporated into the design.

The Elberon - historic stair and tile

Restored historic staircase and tile work.

The Elberon - pre-restoration

Photograph of the main facade prior to restoration.




Burnet Place Renovations


Burnet Place Renovation
Cincinnati, OH

The Burnet Place project involved the complete renovation of six existing multi-family buildings on scattered sites in the Cincinnati Uptown Neighborhood. Prior to beginning this project, the area was struggling with a high crime rate in spite of the inherent vitality of the neighborhood. The project was phased so as to avoid permanently displacing any residents by providing temporary housing during the construction period. In addition, the developer provided temporary commercial space for existing business tenants during the duration of the construction process. Undertaken in association with the Uptown Consortium and Model Group, Inc. and under the guidelines of the Green Communities Initiative for affordable housing, this project now provides safe, accessible housing in an environment that promotes smart growth, public health, energy conservation, operational savings and sustainable building practices in affordable housing design. Renovated street level commercial units further contribute to the already healthy local economy while generating vital eyes on the street for the residents. Size:
-Renovation of six existing buildings containing 65 dwelling units and 5 commercial spaces

Firm Responsibility:
-2008 Ohio Housing Finance Agency funding package (funded)
-Green Communities Certification
-Design and Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed Spring 2010
3501 Burnet Ave and Stag's

View down Burnet Avenue, with 3501 Burnet and Stag's Barbershop in the foreground

3493-5 Rockdale Ave

View of 3493-5 Rockdale Avenue

Burnet Place Elevations

Drawing of front and side elevation

Burnet Place Plan

Typical floor plan




Eastside Revitaliztation Phase II / Phase III


Eastside Revitalization Phase II / Phase III
Covington, KY

The City of Covington, Kentucky, is characterized by its rich stock of three story early 1900's brick masonry housing stock. Recently they have undertaken a major revitalization effort to restore these beautiful old buildings and improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods while maintaining its affordability to all who desire to live there. The Eastside project consists of two phases of 35 buildings each on scattered sites throughout the east side of the city. CITYSTUDIOS worked closely throughout the process with the developer and the city to maintain a high level of quality and durability throughout the project, assuring that the buildings will maintain their value and provide a healthy and safe environment for all who use them for years to come. Size:
-70 dwelling unit, scattered site historic renovation.

Firm Responsibility:
-KHC (Kentucky Housing Corporation) Affordable Housing Funding
-Kentucky and Federal Historic Tax Credit Certification Documentation
-Design and Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed Summer 2009, Summer 2010
Eastside 1420 Scott St

Interior view of 1420 Scott Street

Eastside 1420 Scott st

Historic Fireplace at 1420 Scott Street

Eastside 1414 Greenup

Bedroom at 1414 Greenup

Eastside 1420 Scott St

Staircase to upper level at 1420 Scott Street

Eastside 1424 Greenup

Staircase at 1424 Greenup Street




Villas of the Valley - Phase I


Villas of the Valley, Phase I
Lincoln Heights, OH

This project replaced a dilapidated 1950's era housing complex with a new neighborhood of single family senior homes and a community center. The master plan takes into account the need for secure traffic patterns, wide inviting sidewalks and safe places for the residents to work and play. There are four models of houses, each with two-bedrooms, including a model that is fully ADA compliant, allowing a variety to the neighborhood that allows for individuality and identifiable places. The project arose out of an initiative on the part of the residents and they have been instrumental throughout the design process. Due to the high vacancy rate in the previous buildings, all of the residents that chose to were able to remain in the neighborhood throughout the duration of the construction process. The Community Center provides public meeting spaces, vocational training, child and day-care options, secure play areas and a community vegetable garden. The project was designed to the standards of the Green Communities Initiative. Size:
-Construction of 49 new detached single family houses and a 2400 s.f. community center

Firm Responsibility:
-2008 Ohio Housing Finance Agency funding package (funded)
-Green Communities Certification
-PUD documentation (with Kleingers)
-Master Planning
-Design and Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed Fall 2010
Villas 1 - New Tenant

Many of the tenants from the former housing that existed on the site have moved into the new housing units.

Villas 1 - Existing housing

The dilapidated housing that had existing on the site prior to the redevelopment had been condemned - though people were still living in many of the boarded up buildings.

Villas 1 - Housing Types

Several different housing types were designed to offer variety of both form and color to the new block.

Villas 1 - Winter Scene

The project was completed this past winter.




Villas of the Valley - Phase II


Villas of the Valley, Phase II
Lincoln Heights, OH

The second phase of the project replaced the remaining structures (which housed the residents displaced by the demolition and subsequent construction of Phase I) with new townhouses along the southern half of the site. The Phase II units are designed to address the needs of a different demographic than that of Phase I and provide additional living space for younger residents and families, adding to the diversity and vitality of the neighborhood. The final result is be a strong community of long-term residents with a shared history and commitment to a neighborhood with a powerful sense of identity. Shared outdoor and common spaces encourage active connection both to nature and to one another. Size:
-Construction of 35 new townhouses

Firm Responsibility:
-2009 Ohio Housing Finance Agency funding package (funded)
-Green Communities Certification
-PUD documentation (with Kleingers)
-Master Planning
-Design and Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed January 2012
Villas 2 - Porch View

Phase II will help to create a pedestrian friendly neighborhood.

Villas 2 - Front View

The Townhouse style of Phase II will provide variety of housing in the area, and will provide a more pedestrian friendly massing.

Villas 2 - View Across Medosch

Phase II will be constructed across the street from Phase I. Phase II townhouses will contrast with the single family homes of Phase I, but similar materials and colors will relate the two.

Villas 2 - View from Phase I

Phase II consists of 1,2 and 3 bedroom units - again providing variety for the tenants.




Maisonette condominiums


114-122 East Sixth Street (The Maisonette)
Cincinnati, OH

This project is prominently located adjacent to the Aronoff Center and across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the new work will engage the neighborhood and reanimate the street with vibrant new restaurant(s) on the first two floors, a roof-top bar and high-end luxury condominiums on the upper floors. In addition, the former Power Station building, located at the back of the building, will house a night-club/restaurant and dedicated parking for the residential units. The design of the project works with the existing masonry structure of the building, carving out spaces in some locations and pushing beyond the envelope in others in an effort to make the best use of available natural light, creating dynamic façades that address the high-profile neighbors while respecting the integrity of the existing historic building. CITYSTUDIOS is completing this project in association with local developer Towne Properties and 3CDC. Size:
-Four existing buildings combined to make an eight story building with 8 dwelling units, interior parking and restaurant space(s)

Firm Responsibility:
-Feasibility/Code Analysis
-Design and Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Maisonette condo interior

Interior rendering of condo kitchen.

Maisonette Exterior View

Exterior rendering of project facade from 6h street.

Maisonette Site Context

Site context model, showing proximity of the project to The Contemporary Arts Center and the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

Maisonette Existing elevation

Existing south facade facing 6th street.

Maisonette Schematic Plan

Schematic plan showing the project - new circulation core and parking.




North Rhine


North Rhine Heights Redevelopment
Over the Rhine - Cincinnati, OH

North Rhine Estates consists of 14 historic multi-family buildings on scattered sites, extending the Over-the-Rhine revitalization efforts to the area north of Liberty Street. All of the building renovations are designed to meet the standards of the Green Communities Initiative. The project has been undertaken in association with the not-for-profit agency Over-the-Rhine Community Housing. Size:
-Scattered site development of 14 historic buildings.

Firm Responsibility:
-2009 Ohio Housing Finance Agency funding package
-Green Communities Certification
-Master Planning
-Design and Construction Documentation
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed summer 2012
North Rhine - 143-145 McMicken

One of the finished renovated buildings - 143-145 East McMicken.

North Rhine - 1636 Main

1636 Main Street, prior to renovation.

North Rhine - interiors

Interior views of finished spaces

North Rhine - funding pages

Part of the Green communities application package.




Shawnee Hotel


The Shawnee Hotel
Springfield, OH

CITYSTUDIOS was the design architect for the total renovation of the local landmark hotel building, which had previously been converted to senior housing, located in Springfield, Ohio. In addition to leading the design and working with a local architect, CITYSTUDIOS completed state and federal historic tax credit documentation for the project. The work included renovations to the interior spaces and a complete restoration of the exterior of the building with a new roof, masonry cleaning and repair, and replacement and repair of the historic terra cotta tilework. Construction documents were prepared by the local architect and reviewed by CITYSTUDIOS, with construction administration services being shared by both firms. Size:
-Eight story (97,900 s.f.) historic hotel with 72 unit senior living apartments on 6 floors and two stories of commercial and community spaces.

Firm Responsibility:
-Historic Tax Credit Certification Documentation

Project Status:
-Completed Summer 2009
Shawnee Hotel - main facade
Front facade of the restored Shawnee Hotel.

Shawnee Hotel - restored lobby
The Restored Entry Lobby of the Shawnee Hotel.

Shawnee Hotel - restored mezzanine
The Restored Mezzanine space of the Shawnee Hotel.




East Row Residence


East Row Residence
Newport, KY

The project was a kitchen renovation and a 2-story addition to an existing single family residence located in Newport Kentucky's East Row Historic District. The goal was to incorporate a contemporary and compatible addition to the prominent historic home and to create a larger and more open kitchen. Work included existing bathroom demolition, new bathroom, a rear entry porch, 2nd floor screened in porch, new kitchen finishes, and site work. Size:
-Single family 2-story addition including new bathroom, porch and deck, and kitchen renovation.

Firm Responsibility:
-Design and construction documentation.
-Historic Certificate of Appropriateness.
-Construction Administration

Project Status:
-Completed Spring 2010
Eastrow - Restored Facade and Addition

Facade of the East Row Residence showing the restored brick, porch, and the new addition.

Eastrow - Restored Porch

View of the rear of the house, showing the restored porch.

Eastrow - New Addition

Elevation of the new addition on the rear of the home.

Eastrow - New Kitchen

View of the new kitchen area.




The Globe Building


The Globe Furniture Building
Over the Rhine - Cincinnati, OH

This project involves the complete renovation of the historic structure 'Globe Furniture' building, prominently located across from Findlay market at 1801-1805 Elm Street. The renovated building will contain a ground floor restaurant space, with for-lease offices above including space for the Corporation for Findlay Market main offices. Firm responsibilities are to include complete documentation of the existing building, creation of construction documents for the renovation, and navigation of a historic certificate of appropriateness. Size:
-Renovation of 14,000 sf building at Historic Findlay Market.

Firm Responsibility:
-Feasibility Study -Design and construction documentation. -Historic Certificate of Appropriateness.

Project Status:
-Conceptual design completed May 2010.
Globe building - Existing interior

View of the existing interior.

Globe building - Existing interior

View of the existing interior.

Globe building - View from Market area

View of the Globe building, framed by the Historic Findlay Market.

Globe building - Existing exterior elevation

Front facade of the existing globe building.

Globe building - Taking measure

Taking measure of the existing conditions.




Vine St Scheme 1: Cafe


Vine Street Design Charrette
Over the Rhine - Cincinnati, OH

As part of an overall study of parking and land use in Over the Rhine, CITYSTUDIOS provided the client with several explorations of programmatic uses for a currently underutilized surface parking lot on Vine Street. The project involved several quick 3d studies of different renovation/infill ideas in an effort to better connect the site to the existing dense urban fabric. In the end, CITYSTUDIOS produced four distinct programmatic options for the space.
Option 1 was the least intensive redevelopment, and involved the conversion of the lot into a public 'pocket park', replete with running water, elevated seating areas, and a shade canopy. Option two (shown above) involved the creation of a smaller park area and the construction of a cafe/bar pavilion. The third option dedicated the majority of the site to outdoor seating for an adjacent restaurant space. The final option involved the complete infill of the site with a new two story building.
Size:
-Reprogramming of existing 3500 sf surface parking lot in Over-the-Rhine.

Firm Responsibility:
-Development of program ideas and design iterations.
Vine St Scheme 2: restaurant

Scheme 2: A restaurant/bar extension, linked to the adjacent retail space on Vine St.

Vine St Scheme 3: infill construction

Scheme 4: New infill construction

Vine St Scheme 4: park

Scheme 1: A pocket park.

Vine St Scheme 1: cafe

Scheme 2: An independent cafe/retail establishment set in a small, pocket park like setting.

Vine St Scheme 1: cafe

Scheme 2: An independent cafe/retail establishment set in a small, pocket park like setting.