Cincinnati Public Schools will complete a decade of school building and renovation at the end of this year. glaserworks is proud to have been the architect of four of these schools: Cheviot Elementary, Fairview-Clifton German Language School, Dater Montessori, and Clark Montessori High School.
Cincinnati City Council unanimously approved an ordinance enacting Cincinnati's Form-Based Code. A Form-Based Code is a regulatory document that unites zoning, subdivision and traffic regulations into a user-friendly code for land development. As defined by the Form-Based Code Institute: "Form-Based Codes foster predictable results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than the separation of uses) as the organizing principle of the code."
glaserworks - Architecture & Urban Design, worked with the multi-disciplinary team of Opticos Design, Hall Planning & Engineering, Brandt Retail Group, Urban Advisors and Urban Design Associates to create Cincinnati's form-based code. The code was the result of over 4 years of effort by Cincinnati Vice-Mayor, Roxanne Qualls, as well as many community volunteers. The process to develop the code included two public charrettes and many meetings with neighborhood groups, business leaders, developers, designers and public officials. In all, over 1000 people were involved in the creation of the code.
While the code was created so that it could be employed in any area of the city where maintaining or creating a pedestrian-friendly public realm is the goal, 4 Cincinnati neighborhoods are pilot neighborhoods for the new form-code: College Hill, Madisonville, Walnut Hills, and Westwood. Draft regulating maps and illustrative graphics showing each neighborhood's vision for its future were created by the design team at the October, 2012 Neighborhood Charrette.
The Nth Degree distillery was included in an article about possible tax credits for Kentucky's distillers.
Cincinnati's new form-based zoning code and glaserworks-led community design workshops provide the impetus for the revitalization of four neighborhoods' commercial districts.
glaserworks is working with The Community Builders, the nation's largest non-profit developer of mixed income housing, to preserve and renovate a number of historic buildings in Cincinnati's Avondale neighborhood. The first phases of the multi-year project comprise the renovation of nine apartment buildings. Work includes improved unit layouts, new mechanical systems and appliances, landscaping, exterior restoration and new programed exterior spaces. The Community Builders' stated goal is ".. to stabilize and transform these distressed properties for the benefit of the families who live in them, as well as their neighbors."
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Clark Montessori Hight School is a finalist in this year's Cincinnati Business Courier's Green Business Awards which recognize leadership in sustainable design and practices.
Work has begun on the new Shanghai campus of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The campus comprises four distinct academic colleges, a residential village and entrepreneurial and research facilities. glaserworks is supporting Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners who won the competition to design this university.
Since joining glaserworks in 2002, associate Lynn Wyrick has overseen a variety of projects including schools, university buildings, churches, and veterinary facilities. He is currently working on a new research university in Shanghai.
Emma Adkisson, University of Kentucky graduate, registered architect and LEED AP, returns to her roots in Ohio/Kentucky after 8 years working and playing in Jackson, Wyoming. During her time in the west, Emma worked on a variety of building types in both urban and rural communities: mixed-use office/residential, commercial/retail, multi-family residential, custom residential, cultural, and educational facilities with an emphasis on sustainability. By nature an optimist, Emma believes in the ability of architecture to connect people and empower communities.
Opened in 2010, Jimmy Heath House is an innovative housing program designed to break the cycle of homelessness for some of Cincinnatis most vulnerable long-term homeless. glaserworks designed the renovation of the resident facility providing affordable and sustainable housing in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
The glaserworks designed renovation of Freiberg Hall at Hebrew Union College will house Cincinnati's Jewish Family Service. The renovation will incorporate a food pantry and space for community education courses as well as the Service.s administrative offices. Site and exterior renovations will provide improved access and better integrate the building into the campus and larger Clifton community.
The University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science launched a new electronic newsletter, the most recent edition featuring photos of the new Learning Center in use and a dedication video.
glaserworks partner Michael Maltinsky was named a 2012 Volunteer of the Year by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. "Michael has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to help us find the site for our shul.s future home, and he has done so without fanfare or complaint and always with a level head and good cheer." -- Norman Frankel
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the renovation of Freiberg Hall at Hebrew Union College. When complete, the building will house Cincinnati's Jewish Family Service.
Students and staff returned to the University of Cincinnati's newly renovated Rhodes hall this semester. The renovation, part of the College of Engineering, features state of the art teaching and experimental laboratories and large, multi-purpose interaction spaces designed to foster collaboration between students and faculty.
glaserworks was chosen to renovate the undercroft of historic St. Xavier church in downtown Cincinnati. The design will transform the space by exposing the bones of the building, placing glass enclosed class and event rooms in the middle of the floor and moving the administration spaces east against the exposed masonry bell tower foundation. Blocked-in north windows will become doors, providing access to new courtyards, extending indoor activities to the outside and providing natural light. A new pavilion will house an elevator and stairs connecting upper and lower floors to the street. Reflecting Francis Xavier's life and travels, the design incorporates materials, motifs and plantings indigenous to Spain and Portugal (home in his formative years) and India, the Spice Islands and Japan, where he spent his last years as a missionary.
The Westwood neighborhood was the focus of the latest in a series of design workshops facilitated by glaserworks in support of Cincinnati's new form-based zoning code. For more information:
glaserworks volunteered to help visualize uses for a vacant parcel of land in the Price Hill neighborhood. The resulting concept, St. Lawrence Square, calls for the creation of a large grassy area, a small stage for outdoor concerts and theater, a water feature and two memorial walls. It also designates improvements to the surrounding area including narrowing a wide portion of Warsaw Avenue to make it safer for pedestrians to cross, and the installation of vertical, iconic elements to let visitors know they have entered the heart of Price Hill.
The latest in a series of neighborhood charrettes will be held from October 29 through November 1 downtown at Two Centinnial Plaza. Focusing on the College Hill, Madisonville, Walnut Hills and Westwood neighborhoods, this is the latest in a series of design workshops facilitated by glaserworks in support of Cincinnati's new form-based zoning code. For more information:
Cincinnati's Rainwater Harvesting Task Force aims to have a revised plumbing code approved by the end of November that would let recovered rainwater be used in buildings in non-potable applications. The revised code, based on a national standard released this year, would allow the pioneering system installed at Dater Montessori School in 2009 to be put in use.
As part of the ArchiNATI 2012 festival, glaserworks principal Jeff Raser and D-HAS's Doug Hinger presented Cincinnati's new form based zoning code and discussed its implications for the development of the city at an open house at glaserworks' office.
All nine units have sold in Westfalen Lofts, a 2011 renovation of three buildings just north of Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. The project received Historic Tax Credits and achieved LEED Gold certification. The buildings have unique interior layouts including flats, 2-story units and a 4-story townhouse.
To see the project page and more pictures of Westfalen Lofts, click here.
glaserworks is designing the renovation of Freiberg Hall at Hebrew Union College as the new home of Cincinnati's Jewish Family Service. The renovation will incorporate a food pantry and space for community education courses as well as the Service's administrative offices. Site and exterior renovations will provide improved access and better integrate the building into the campus and larger Clifton community.
glaserworks welcomes Donald Mouch to the staff.
Renovations to provide improved and accessible circulation, including new seating, restrooms and an elevator addition, are complete at Miami University's Dave Finkelman Auditorium.
We're happy to have Brandstetter Carrol Engineers upstairs and appreciate them choosing us to renovate their new Cincinnati offices.
There was a groundbreaking ceremony this week for the glaserworks-designed 30,000 sq. ft. craft whiskies distillery at The Party Source in Newport, Kentucky. In addition to the distillery, the building will house conference space and a rooftop entertainment venue for corporate events, luncheons, tastings and receptions. The facility will open in the fall of 2013.
Students from the Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program (CAMP) spent an afternoon at glaserworks, observing architects at work and learning a bit about the profession. The goal of the program is to increase awareness among 8th and 9th graders of the possibilities for and requirements of an architectural career, as well as to increase diversity within the architecture profession. The camp is a collaboration of institutions including the American Institute of Architects Cincinnati Chapter, the National Organization of Minority Architects Midwest Region, Cincinnati Public Schools, and the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati.
Richard Glaser, co-founder of our firm, died June 21 at age 87. He and Russell Myers founded Glaser Myers and Associates, later glaserworks, in 1958. Significant projects during his tenure include Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point, the Disabled American Veterans National Service and Legislative Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and renovation of the Cincinnati Art Museum. A remembrance can be found at
In 2011 glaserworks helped the residents, business owners and developers of Cincinnati's Brewery District prepare a master plan for this historic area. The plan comprises eight initiatives, the first being the creation of a "Brewery Heritage Trail". The Heritage Trail will be a self-guided tour highlighting Cincinnati's extensive brewing heritage. A committee of the Brewery District Urban Redevelopment Corporation has begun working on the Heritage Trail and Cincinnati City Council has taken note. Council member P. G. Sittenfeld authored a resolution directing the city administration to work with the Brewery District to create the trail, and eight of Cincinnati's nine council members approved the motion. Media coverage of the related press conference can be found by the following links:
Sue Walpole, Fernald Preserve Community Relations Manager, will lecture about the cleanup of this Cold War era uranium processing facility and its conversion to a 1000 acre nature preserve comprising native wetlands, prairies, and forests. This free public lecture will be June 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cincinnati Museum Center's Reakirt Auditorium. The preserve's visitors center, designed by glaserworks, was the first LEED Platinum certified building in the state of Ohio.
glaserworks principal Art Hupp will discuss the restoration of Cincinnati's historic Union Terminal and its renovation masterplan at the Society for Industrial Archaeology's annual conference. This year's conference will be held in Cincinnati and runs from May 31 to June 3. Union Terminal is now home to the Cincinnati Museum Center.
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The web site Top Colleges Online named the Student Life Center and three other buildings at the University of Cincinnati to their list of The 50 Most Amazing Examples of College Architecture. Designed by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects with glaserworks as architect of record, this building has won numberous design awards.
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An Enquirer article provides a synopsis of Cincinnati's recent form based code workshop and its implications for the city's future. glaserworks has been working with the city on its new zoning code for some time and was one of the workshop's facilitators.
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A glaserworks-designed craft whiskies distillery is featured in an article describing the recent boom in bourbon's popularity in the current issue of Northern Kentucky Magazine. The distillery is currently under construction in Newport, Kentucky for client The Party Source.
glaserworks Associate Mark Thurnauer has created a Revit blog to share practical information, including tutorials, related to this Building Information Modeling software.
glaserworks Principal Jeff Raser, along with Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Great Traditions Homes president Doug Hinger were interviewed on WVXU's Impact Cincinnati. They discussed quality of life in Cincinnati and the city's upcoming Urban Design Workshop. http://www.wvxu.org/impact/impact_archiveview.asp?ID=4%2F26%2F2012
Television station WCPO toured Dater Montessori at an event celebrating the school's LEED Gold award.
The Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection along with Cincinnati Public Schools and Dater Montessori will sponsor student-led tours of Ohio's first LEED Gold certified public school renovation. Visit http://www.aliohio.org/ for details.
The U.S. Green Building Council's Cincinnati chapter will host an evening of presentations and tours highlighting one of Cincinnati Public Schools' most sustainable buildings. glaserworks principal Paul Duffy, along with landscape architect David Whittaker and representatives of the Metropolitan Sewer District will present the evolution of the school's design and sustainable features. For more information, visit http://www.usgbc-cincinnati.org/
The City of Cincinnati is hosting a public 5-day charrette to help create its new form-based code. As opposed to prescriptive codes, form based development codes focus on building and street form rather than specific use. They offer a predictable approval process for zoning and street corridor entitlements and contribute to vibrant, walkable development.
glaserworks helped Cincinnati's Brewery District create a master plan with focused initiatives to guide repopulation of the neighborhood. The Brewery District is the northern portion of Over-the-Rhine, one of Cincinnati's most historic neighborhoods. In its heyday, the Brewery District housed several of the country's most prominent breweries, many brew pub and brew gardens, and thousands of residents. While many brewery-related buildings remain, many more have been lost to demolition, and the area's population is only a fraction of what it once was. Initiatives of the plan range from creating a Brewery Heritage Trail to making 'Complete Streets' and improving recreational facilities.
To read more about the master plan or download a copy, visit: http://www.otrbrewerydistrict.org/projects_masterplan.php
A combination fo intensive and extensive green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, and pervious pavings are expected to capture over 1.8 million gallons of rain water annually at glaserworks' latest school. Funded by the Metropolitan Sewer District, these initiatives provide a vehicle for evaluating such designs while reducing the district's combined sewer overflow discharges.
Rick Fohl, A Collection of Work recognizes Rick's long service to glaserworks and many contributions to the architecture of Cincinnati on the occasion of his retirement.
Rick's book is now available as a PDF. Click here.
A 2011 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Lauren joins us as an intern architect.
Educators and planners from the Wyoming City Schools District toured this glaserworks design. The school features innovative interior and exterior educational spaces and a variety of sustainable features including vegetative roofs, natural lighting, rain water planters, recycled materials and geothermal heating and cooling.
Construction is complete on this glaserworks-designed conversion of two existing buildings into a new veterinary facility housing the Covedale Pet Hospital
Construction began on a glaserworks-designed 30,000 sq. ft. craft whiskies distillery at The Party Source in Newport, Kentucky. In addition to the distillery, the building will house conference space and a rooftop entertainment venue for corporate events, luncheons, tastings and receptions. The facility will open in the summer of 2013.
The Tri-State Masonry Institute has awarded Clark Montessori School its top honor, The Excellence in Masonry Award, citing the designs "quiet sophistication" and "beautifully executed, intelligent, and elegantly proportioned" masonry detailing.
glaserworks' renovation of Dater Montessori school was awarded Leed Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This achievement is a first for a Cincinnati Public Schools building and for and Ohio School Facilities Commission renovation. For details of this and glaserworks' firsts in sustainability, click here
glaserworks was honored to take home two awards from the 14th annual Cincinnati Design Awards.
Our work on The Cincinnati Museum Center Master Plan earned an Honor Award in the category of Architectural Advancement.
The West Chester Library won a Merit Award in the category of Built Work.
We are proud of both of these projects. Click here for the CDA Fourteen web page, though it is still "under construction" at the time of this writing.
October 2, 2010, 10am to 1pm - Dater Montessori School will be an open house site on the Green Energy Ohio (GEO) 8th Annual Ohio Solar Tour. GEO is the Ohio Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ESES). This free statewide event provides the unique opportunity for people to visit and talk with owners living and working with sustainable technologies. For more information about the tour, click here.
October 16, 2010, 9am to 11am - Dater Montessori School will be a field trip site for the Bioneers Conference on Green Urbanism hosted by Imago and Xavier University on October 16, 2010 from 9-11 am. For more information about the Conference and Field Trips, click here.
One of the Cincinnati region's most prolific architects announced his retirement on August 2, 2010. Rick Fohl was with glaserworks for 51 years. He was the first employee of the predecessor firm to glaserworks: Glaser & Meyers.
Rick's clients and projects include:
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
University of Cincinnati Langsam Library
Airborne Express; Wilmington, Ohio
525 Vine Street; Cincinnati, Ohio
312 Walnut Street; Cincinnati, Ohio
Hamilton County Jail; Cincinnati, Ohio
Sawyer Point Park. Ohio River, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Music Hall
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
2020 Auburn Avenue; Cincinnati, Ohio
Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati Joseph Steger Student Life Center
University of Cincinnati Varsity Village Athletic Center
South Lawn at the University of Virginia
Rick's expertise and gentlemanly demeanor have earned him universal respect from architects, clients, contractors and others with whom he has worked. His depth of understanding into the design and detailing of buildings is unparalleled in the region.
Rick will continue to reside in the Cincinnati area with his wife Barb Fohl.
Construction of the Trinity Flats condominiums was completed in March, 2010. Developed by the Model Group and designed by glaserworks, Trinity Flats consists of approximately 15,000 sf of rehabilitation and 32,000 sf of new construction. The project has 25 condominium units ranging in size from 800 sf to 1380 sf. The project also has 6700 sf of commercial area.
Nearly half of the units at Trinity Flats have sold within the first 3 months of its opening.
Paul Duffy and Heather Wehby of glaserworks, presented the sustainable features of Dater Montessori School at a tour of the school organized by the local chapter of the US Green Building Council. The project team is striving for LEED Silver certification and hopes to be the first LEED Silver certified renovation in the Cincinnati Public Schools Facilities Master Plan portfolio.
glaserworks collaborated with Placemakers, a nationally recognized leader in the preparation of Form-Based Codes, to conduct a 4-day long charrette for Bellevue, Kentucky. Over 100 residents, business owners, property owners, public officials, and regional planners attended various meetings during the charrette to guide the production of Bellevue.s Form-Based Code.
Placemakers and glaserworks produced a calibration of the SmartCode to cover approximately one-third of the 1 square mile city. The consultant team produced the calibrated code and an illustrative plan of what the city may look like when fully built under the new code.
The charrette followed two events conducted by glaserworks: a Visualization Workshop in February, and a lecture "What is a Form-Based Code" in January.
To learn more about the charrette and Bellevue's Form-Based Code please visit: http://codingbellevueky.org/
Over 650 students and teachers moved into Cincinnati.s newly renovated Dater School in March. The glaserworks designed facility underwent a 2-year extensive renovation to accommodate the Montessori program.
glaserworks is applying for LEED certification for the school and hopes to garner a Silver certification.
The Urban Land Institute of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Form-Based Code Initiative hosted a two-day conference at the Duke Energy Center to look at the role walkability can play in the creation of workforce housing – the type of housing most of working class America needs.
Scott Bernstein, of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, was the keynote speaker and presented eye-opening data on the cost of transportation and its effects on housing affordability. Jeff Raser, of glaserworks, was a moderator and presenter of one of the sessions. glaserworks was one of the sponsors of the event as well.
Nearly 200 Cincinnatians took part in a 1-day workshop to compose the design principles that they hope the Cincinnati Casino will uphold. The charrette was hosted by AIA Cincinnati, and was co-hosted by the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter, Cincinnati Preservation Association, ASHREA and the UC Niehoff Urban Studio.
The goal of the charrette was to maximize the potential for a successful casino development that is well woven into the urban fabric of Cincinnati.
The 10-hour long workshop began with presentations by AIA Urban Design committee members and leaders of the charrette, including Jeff Raser of glaserworks, and welcoming remarks made by the casino developer's local representatives. The day concluded with a presentation revealing the 13 design principles conceived by the entire group.
The Casino Charrette is the third annual Community Charrette held to benefit Cincinnati's urban core, and the third year in a row that glaserworks' staff has helped lead the effort.
Heather Wehby was re-elected to the 2010 Board of Directors of the US Green Building Council Cincinnati Regional Chapter. In 2009, she served on the Board as Chapter Secretary and co-chaired the Emerging Green Builders design competition. This year, she is involved in the organizing committee for the Greening the Heartland Conference to be held in Cincinnati in the summer of 2011.
The Harold C. Schott Education Center at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, by glaserworks, received the "People" honor given by the Cincinnati Business Courier in their inaugural Green Business Awards. The Green Business Awards celebrate the people, places and organizations that are leaders in sustainable practices. glaserworks achieved a LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council for the building.
The Tri-State Masonry Institute (TMI) has honored two projects designed by glaserworks.
West Chester Library was unanimously selected for the Excellence in Masonry award and the Peoples Choice Award. TMI stated the jury "lauded the architects and the design team for their boldness in creating a truly iconic symbol that expresses the ever-changing dynamics of information and data storage and retrieval systems, especially as it relates to public access". The jury went on to say: "In resisting a design that might be a decedent of the great Carnegie library, this is a piece of architecture that speaks to creativity and technological innovation".
TMI also gave the Lawrenceburg Senior Housing building, the Edinburg, a Finalist Award.
Each year AIA Cincinnati conducts a design awards programs to allow designers to receive recognition from our peers for quality work and shape public opinion on what constitutes quality design. On Friday glaserworks was presented an award celebrating the design of the Fernald Visitors Center. At the awards dinner, 5 projects were celebrated in the Built Work category. 4 were presented with the award of Merit, but only 1 received the top honor. This honor was bestowed unto glaserworks. The jurors had this to say about the project: "This project exemplifies the integration of sustainable principles and high quality design".
glaserworks and Megen Construction have been named 2000-2009 General Contractor and Architect of the Decade by Green Building of America based on the success of the Fernald Vistors. Center. The jury wrote: "Economy, pragmatism, simplicity, comfort without pretension, and elegance without irony makes these firms worthy of this distinction".
In the 3rd annual Cincinnati Sustainability Awards Event glaserworks was presented an award celebrating the sustainable design of the Fernald Visitors Center. The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate and advocate to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public.design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. Cincinnati Sustainability Awards Committee. COTE had this to say: "This project exemplifies the integration of sustainable principles and high quality design."