Commercial Interiors v2009
Lohre and Associates offices
LEED Platinum 2011
A renaissance is taking place to restore Cincinnati to a walkable and sustainable community. Locating this office project in the inner city represents the best in historical reuse and renewal.
This project, in the second floor of a three-story rowhouse, houses the office of Lohre & Associates Marketing Communications and Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy, the sole tenant. The building is among other older inner-city buildings undergoing renovation. The firm is a marketing communications agency that designs literature, web sites, photography, and trade show exhibits primarily for industrial clients, and which has a green building education and marketing division. There are four full-time employees, two-part time employees, and dozens of specialized associates. The building is used as an office on the first two floors and a residence on the upper floors.
This project earned LEED Platinum at a low cost due to material salvage and reuse. The motivation to pursue LEED certification was the owner’s green building division, which prepares students for the LEED AP exams. The project's most significant success was in demonstrating that LEED certification, even at the highest level, does not have to cost more. It is projected that energy savings are 25% and return on investment will be four years, excluding a $3,500 sawdust pellet stove that was purchased to serve as a centerpiece and conversation starter for the office by demonstrating renewable energy.
Locating this office project in the inner city represents the best in historical reuse and renewal. Cincinnati was built in the mid-1800s as an efficient residential and industrial center before the advent of a fossil fuel culture. A renaissance is taking place to restore Cincinnati to a walkable, sustainable community that demonstrates LEED certification requirements for city buildings and schools, as well as tax incentives for commercial and residential development. In 2004, when the Schickel Design building was renovated from an 1850s apartment building, the neighborhood was one of the most economically depressed in Cincinnati. Today, this rowhouse, in which Lohre & Associates’ office is located, is at the center of a $48 million expansion and revitalization that includes Washington Park across the street and Music Hall nearby. A total of 15 newly-renovated homes from the park to Cincinnati's inner city market Findlay Market four blocks north mark this transformation.