Woolpert — a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm and the largest AEG firm headquartered in Ohio — has opened a new Cincinnati office in Over-the-Rhine (OTR).The office will be home to 20-plus full-time architects, engineers, surveyors and support staff, who will work in concert with the firm’s 700 networked employees in 23 offices across the country.
“With Woolpert being a full-service architecture, MEP, structural, civil engineering and geospatial company, we excel at multidisciplinary, adaptive re-use projects,” says Woolpert Vice President Mike Battles. “We also are able to leverage these comprehensive services in-house, and back them up with the efficiency of our extensive geospatial/technology side. That combination of assets sets us apart, even in this dynamic setting.”
OTR reflects the Cincinnati office’s intended focus of multidisciplinary projects and adaptive re-use, or bringing new life to once vacant or neglected buildings. The historic district has been undergoing a business and cultural renaissance over the last 15 years and has attracted many design and high-tech startup firms.
Woolpert architect James Dobrozsi says the firm’s “single source” and “single point of accessibility” for all site development and building projects enables the firm to respond to client needs from feasibility to completion.
“Woolpert has been part of the development of southwest Ohio for over 100 years,” Dobrozsi says. “To continue to be a viable force in the design community, it is critical for us to be in the heart of the revitalization in Cincinnati and the OTR community, which is one of the greatest collections of 19th- and early 20th-century architecture in the country.”
Woolpert was founded in 1911 in Dayton, where its headquarters remain. The greater Cincinnati area was home to the firm’s first regional office branch, which opened in 1972. The firm continues to grow in the Cincinnati region and across the country. In the last two years, Woolpert experienced a 47-percent growth in sales and 12-percent rise in its workforce.
The new office, which was funded by the city of Cincinnati through the Job Creation Tax Credit, will extend its commercial renovation and housing development, higher education, energy, government and aviation services. It also will build on long-standing relationships with local firms. Current Cincinnati clients, owners and business partners include the University of Cincinnati, Anderson Birkla, CVG, the city of Cincinnati, Koch Development, Procter & Gamble, Towne Properties, General Electric and Duke Energy.
“We’ve always been in the business of new and adaptive re-use development in this region, and our brand has been in client development,” Battles says. “The Jack Cincinnati Casino is a perfect example of re-use, as is our Riverfront Commons development, work with Newport on the Levee, our conceptual design work with projects like AT580 and the Second National Bank Building in historic districts, stadiums, parking garages, U Square @ the Loop, CVG, Lunken Airport, etc.”
Woolpert’s new Cincinnati office is now open for business.
Woolpert is a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that strategically blends engineering with technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with business partners like Google; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and continually works with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. For more than 100 years and with 24 offices across the U.S., Woolpert serves the needs of federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the U.S. armed forces.