Oct
2007

Park Place at Lytle Earns DBIA Honor

GBBN is proud to announce that the Park Place at Lytle condominium project done in collaboration with the Miller-Valentine Group was recently honored with a Merit Award from the Design Build Institute of America – Ohio Valley Chapter in its Rehabilitation / Renovation / Restoration category.

The 430,000 square foot project consisted of converting the existing 10-story Polk Building located within the Central Business District into 114 high-end residential condominiums. In addition to the prime urban location (next door to the Taft Museum, easy access to Fountain Square, theaters, the riverfront, etc.) the luxury condos offer its residents numerous amenities such as meeting rooms, a fitness center, an indoor garden, and great views of both the city and river.

 “One of the most important, key elements of the project was to maintain the buildings original Renaissance-revival architectural character,” said Scott Kyle, AIA, project manager for Park Place and firm Development Mixed Use market specialist. “We were able to do that by utilizing many of the existing building components to create unique design solutions.”

According to Douglas Hine, President of Miller-Valentine Group's Urban Lifestyles division, there were a number of primary goals set from the very beginning. "Our team focused on providing a high-end residential condominium product and lifestyle for residents at a price consistent with the current downtwon market," said Hine. He added, "Research showed that young professionals as well as empty nesters are looking for downtown living options that meet their high standards. Our design team needed to incorporate those standards in the final product."

With just one step into the expansive lobby, you realize you’ve entered a unique dwelling like no other in the city. The beautiful signature curved wall of West African wenge wood, ceramic tile floor and interior landscaping in addition to the light filled seven-story atrium provide a sense of luxury to all who enter.

“Each living space was highly customized to make each home setting unique,” added Steve Kenat, AIA, firm partner and Development Mixed Use market leader. South facing condos have an ‘inboard’ balcony for residents to enjoy an open-air view. One of the penthouse units features a maple and steel spiral staircase that leads to a roof patio and private rooftop terrace with hot tub.

DBIA’s objective is to acknowledge the most outstanding design-build projects in the Ohio Valley Chapter area by promoting and recognizing the use and efficacy of design-build as a project delivery method. “We’re very proud that our team’s design efforts on Park Place at Lytle were recognized and honored by DBIA,” said Kenat.

Park Place at Lytle is one of the properties on the Ultimate Downtown Tour happening this weekend, Noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is free, so plan to check it out.