M+A Coming to the Queen City!

by on September 25, 2014 - Leave A Comment

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After 18 months of intensive market research and planning…we are thrilled to announce we are expanding and opening an office in Cincinnati, Ohio!

What began as an opportunity to better serve our Cincinnati-based owners has now blossomed into a plan for success in the region.  As with most growth, this decision path was not always lineal, but it has now resulted with what we feel is a great solution. Our first opportunities in the city’s market emerged in 2011 when in a three month span, one of our clients had recommended us to a new client in Cincinnati, a marketing campaign focused toward affordable housing had hit its target, and a current Columbus client was expanding their restaurant to the area.  Seemingly overnight, we were fortunate to find ourselves with three jobs.  Furthermore, these clients seemed to really react well to our interests in the market and they introduced us to other influential groups in the area.  Within a years’ time we were working with four major developers/companies that were based in Greater Cincinnati on projects not only in the area, but in four other states as well.

This amount work, coupled with great clients, opened our eyes and we took a deeper look into the marketplace.  The decision, although thoughtful and strategic, was surprisingly simple. Cincinnati boasts a market that continues to flourish and we believed that a firm with our broad portfolio, the ability to understand the fusion between private development and public funding, and the fact that we had over 12 local projects were all indicators encouraging us to expand into the region.

Cincinnati Projects

As we go forward with our office planning, we do this with a few things in mind:

  1. 1)   The realization that Cincinnati is a historic, strong and proud city
  2. 2)   Our M+A culture is what makes us successful 

Why only those things, you ask?  Shouldn’t you be mindful of profit, trends, and architypes?  Well, of course, and we are; but the reality is that we need to remain true to what has made us a thriving firm for 34 years.  Our success will be based upon our ability to understand and immerse ourselves into the culture of Cincinnati, and to remain the M+A that we are today.  We’ve been told by clients we are a company that people want to work with. Our people are involved in their communities and we are enablers of development, vision, and space.  We work within our communities from the inside out to make them better. We need to be, and are, dedicated to Cincinnati much the way we have been for decades in Columbus.

In the upcoming months, we will release more information about our office space, its location, the activities and organizations we plan on supporting, and our Cincinnati specific staff through our blog and social media presence. We are targeting November 2014 as our grand debut.

But as for now, our soon-to-be Queen City friends and family, be on the lookout for M+A Architects!  We aspire to be the designers, community members, and collaborators standing beside you, helping you achieve your goals and making your city…our city… the best it can be!

 

Top photo courtesy of Cory Klein, corykleinphotography.com
Right renderings of VP3, currently under construction

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Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio Opens Expansion to Become Largest House in the World

by on September 19, 2014 - Leave A Comment

ExpansionOn Thursday, September 11, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio hosted a VIP Ribbon Cutting celebration for all who contributed in some way to the expansion project. The beautiful evening included several speeches by the CEO of RMHC Global, local board members, and the CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which all highlighted the fact that this building is now the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. Guests were able to tour the 3 story addition to see how the new wing added 42 guest rooms, bringing the total number of units to 122. Some of the new units are already in use by families of children who are being treated in the hospital. The boisterous crowd enjoyed live music and catered food outside on the extended patio, experiencing the large fountain, unique play areas including the “Splash Pad,” and a visit from Ronald McDonald himself.

A special “Community Room” occupies each floor. The local company Thirty-One Gifts designed one room to be a place to provide free haircuts, and another was decorated by the wives of the Columbus Blue Jackets to look like a beautiful princess castle. The once individualized kitchens for families to cook for themselves was more than doubled in size and stocked with commercial equipment with the help of Cameron Mitchell and its kitchen consultant, Franke. This will now be used more frequently by volunteers to prepare larger meals for the guests. A basement under the expanded kitchen provides much needed storage area for donated goods.

Site Plan

The roof of the expansion is a garden terrace where families can find a quiet retreat after a difficult day at the hospital. It proved challenging to provide 2 means of egress off of this roof when the staff told us that it would double as an area for large parties and fundraisers. The engraved stone roof pavers, glass railing, gas fireplace and wood trellis are all features that enhance the terrace but required much coordination between donor companies, contractors and the ever-changing vision.

Other challenges of this project included:

-  Using new materials that matched those used in the original house so that existing House and addition came together as a whole.
-  Being a charity, RMH relies on donations from the community. For this project, it relied on numerous businesses to donate building materials and services. Because of this, we had to keep on top of what supplier was contributing which products to the project, therefore sometimes requiring us to edit specifications and details weekly. 

It was great to be a part of a project that is such an important place in Central Ohio. This building touches so many people’s lives that we will never know. If one person finds peace or happiness through the design of this House while going through what is probably one of the most difficult times of their life, then it was a rewarding project for me.

Bob and Melissa Mural

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Delaware Place Receives Green Certification

by on August 22, 2014 - Leave A Comment

There is a new senior residential housing development in Delaware, Ohio that has meant big changes to the City of Delaware, positive and exciting changes. Riverside Landing at Delaware Place Apartments celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this year officially opening 69 new units of affordable housing. The project was funded in part through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). Our team collaborated with the Miller Valentine Group who developed, constructed and now manages the apartments.
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Only being open a few months, this project has already positively affected the landscape of the southern entry to the City of Delaware. For years the project site was home to the Delaware Hotel and as the hotel fell into to disrepair, it no longer served would-be travelers. The City of Delaware’s vision was to transform the site into something productive for the community and that the City of Delaware could be proud of.

Through a competitive selection process, the City selected Miller Valentine Group as the developer that would bring the vision to fruition.  M+A Architects joined Miller Valentine as the architect for the project and collaborated closely with Kleingers & Associates (Civil Engineer), and the EDGE Group (Landscape Architect) for the overall design of the site.

Delaware Place

With the project completed, the view from US-23 and from the City’s south entrance has transformed from a view of opportunity to become one of pride for residents.  However, even after reaching the major milestone of completing the project, the Miller Valentine Group and M+A Architects were awarded an additional accomplishment – both company’s first Enterprise Green Communities Project Certification.

Enterprise Green Communities is a project certification that marks the best in sustainable affordable housing.  Created by Enterprise Community Partners, “The Green Communities Criteria provides a clear, cost-effective framework that enables affordable housing developers to deliver the significant health, economic and environmental benefits of green construction to low-income families regardless of housing type or location.”  Some of the features that were incorporated as part of using the green certification were:

- EnergyStar Version 3 Certification for the entire project
- Highly insulated building envelope with EnergyStar window
- Low-VOC paints and finishes used throughout
- Landscaping installed with native plant species
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures
- Low-energy lighting
- The use of environmental preferable flooring certified by FloorScore

Projects similar to Delaware Place will surely serve as a model for future development in both Delaware, OH and around the country to help transform the way we think about affordable housing.  Congratulations to Miller Valentine Group on this great accomplishment!

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M+A Looking to Hire for Several Positions

by on July 31, 2014 - Leave A Comment

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Are you a team player who works well in a collaborative environment? Do you have experience drawing and detailing using Revit software? If you answered yes to both of these questions and have more than 5 years of experience as an architectural project manager, you should consider applying for our open positions today!

We are currently looking to hire a Senior Project Manager with at least 10 years of experience and who has strong leadership and communication skills.

We are also in need of good Project Managers with at least 5 years of experience who have strong architectural management skills.

Our interior design department is looking to hire a Project Manager who has a strong background in interior architecture and who has experience with client management and communication.

If any of these sound like you don’t delay in going to our Careers page on our website to learn more about these positions and to whom to send your resume.

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Construction on The Heights at Worthington Place Moving Along

by on May 23, 2014 - Leave A Comment

14 05-23 The Heights at Worthington PlaceConstruction continues on the new mixed-use development along side the Shops at Worthington Place. These two new 4-story buildings include more than 200 apartments, ample covered parking, office and retail space. Called The Heights at Worthington Place, amenities will include a private courtyard for residents, a rooftop terrace and pool deck.

To follow their progress go here for a construction cam. Below are renderings of what the project will look like when finished in Fall 2014.

Worthington Place - 13 10-17 Bldg 2 CAM1 Edit

Worthington Place 13 10-17 Bldg 1 CAM3

For more information about The Heights at Worthington Place and leasing go to: www.liveworthingtonplace.com

Worthington Place Interior - Unit 14 3-27 2B3B CAM2 Worthington Place Interior - Unit 14 3-27 2B3B CAM1

 

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