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Best Projects Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development Award of Merit: Central Riverfront The Banks

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Funds for public portions of The Banks, Cincinnati's largest mixed-use project, allowed builders to raise the development out of the floodplain and construct a new neighborhood street grid, along with transit infrastructure, traffic control and a 45-acre park.

Photo Courtesy of John Deatrick
An intermodal transit center and accompanying 6,000-space "floodable" parking structure lift the Banks, Cincinnati's largest mixed-use development, out of the floodplain.
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An intermodal transit center and accompanying 6,000-space "floodable" parking structure serve as the base for buildings and streets above, elevating them above the 500-year flood level without demonstrating a measurable impact on the flow of the Ohio River.

All major mechanical, electrical and elevator equipment is located above the 100-year flood level, allowing the upper level of the two-story parking structure to function during a flood.

Central Riverfront: The Banks, Cincinnati Key Players

Owner: The Banks Public Partnership, Cincinnati

General Contractor: Messer Construction, Cincinnati

Designer: THP Limited, Cincinnati

Structural Engineer: THP Limited, Cincinnati

MEP Engineer: Heapy Engineering, Dayton, Ohio

Civil Engineer: Burgess & Niple, Cincinnati

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