UC 1819 Innovation Hub Renovation

Adaptive reuse of urban landmark building into center for innovation


University of Cincinnati




Construction Manager


Cincinnati, Ohio


A359 Architecture

Awards & Honors

2018 Adaptive Reuse Award
LEED Silver Certification

Built in the 1920s, this former Sears store landmark faced demolition until it was renovated by the University of Cincinnati as its new Office for Innovation. The 167,000 SF renovation of the UC Innovation Hub included abatement and demolition of a 1945 building wing, followed closely by stabilization and enclosure of the remaining building. A new north façade was constructed, as well as restoration of the east, south and west brick facades/windows and roof. The tower was preserved, brick stripped off and reclad, and the Art Deco ornamentation carefully duplicated. The project also included tenant fit-outs of office and manufacturing space, as well as locker rooms, bicycle storage, a catering kitchen and multi-purpose meeting space. Also known as iHub, the building serves as a front door to the University, and is home to UC’s Office of Innovation, P&G-backed Simulation Center, and other tenants including Cincinnati Bell, Kroger, CincyTech, Village Life Outreach and Live Well Collaborative.

Megen Construction provided preconstruction and construction management for phase 1 of the building, which included the restoration and stabilization of the building and the first tenant fit-out. Within 30 days of the Notice to Proceed, our project team provided an overall cost estimate and early GMP for demolition, abatement and tower restoration, in order to streamline the project schedule. We completed the project on schedule for the Innovation Hub’s first tenant, the UC/P&G Simulation Center. The project achieved LEED Silver certification, and we were recognized by the Cincinnati Preservation Association for excellence in adaptive reuse.


Square Feet


Square Feet of Tenant Fit-Outs

Restored historic art deco tower