• Steiner + Associates' passion is creating memorable Places as leisure-time destinations, where character and the patron experience is paramount. GBBN took a very complex program of interior and exterior spaces, for dining, entertainment, retail - each with their own sets of needs - and delivered. This has allowed over 50 tenants and their patrons to take full advantage of the attractions of Newport on the Levee, and have a great experience. That's what brings them back!

    Barry Rosenberg
    President, Steiner + Associates

Steiner and Associates / Newport on the Levee


Location: Newport, Kentucky

Size: 10 acres/New Construction
Program Elements:
Parking Garage

Newport-on-the-Levee is a 10-acre entertainment district on the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky, anchored by the Newport Aquarium. GBBN was the architect for the entire district, including a 2,000-car underground parking garage, 20-screen cineplex, retailers, restaurants and other entertainment attractions. Servicing for tenants is carefully hidden for best guest experience. The team worked closely with the Corps of Engineers to integrate the project with the existing levee system, critical to building on a river with flooding potential.

Design of the buildings references the historic context of Newport, Kentucky, creating animated spaces that feature views of the river, bridges and Cincinnati skyline. Active programming of plazas with events and performers engage guests year round, garnering top rankings by Zagat and Google as a family entertainment destination.

The project has been catalytic for renaissance by the City and other private developers. Adjacent to this area is new commercial development, and multiple streetscape and riverfront improvements for public festivals, including GBBN’s transformation of the L&N Bridge into the ‘Purple People Pedestrian Bridge’.