The Banks Project July/August Report
2020

2020: July & August   Progress

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Crews place concrete for an early morning pour.
  • Phase IIIB construction progress continued in July and August.
  • Variable Message Signage construction continued, with digital matrix board sign installation.
  • Plans for an office tower at 180 Walnut were revealed.
  • The Public Parties completed a consumer awareness and attitude study in July.
  • Cincinnati Reds played their season home opener at Great American Ball Park on July 24.
  • Messer topped off the ICON Music Center with placement of the final crossbeam in August.

We invite you to visit Cincinnati’s riverfront often in 2020!

Project Pillars

ECONOMIC INCLUSION

Percentage of workforce living within the 26-county Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area*

88.9%
0%

* There are no local residency participation goals for the project.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Goal/participation varied by
project, between 4% and 9%.

Combined Minority and Women Workforce Participation

Female: 0.32%
Minority: 14.9%

SAFETY

Public Parties construction safety hours for all phases.

BUDGET

The Public Parties project work remained within budget.

SCHEDULE

All Public Parties work  remained on schedule.

100%
0%

Communications

257

MEDIA MENTIONS

1,626

FOLLOWERS

36,000

IMPRESSIONS

1,032

ENGAGEMENTS

31

TWEETS @IBackTheBanks

Additional Media Information

Further details are available here.
* Impressions equals the number of times users saw the tweet on Twitter.
‡ Engagements is the total number of times users have interacted with a tweet, including retweets, replies, follows, and likes.

Public Partnership

Concrete pits are formed to hold trees for the expanded Smale Riverfront Park area next to the ICON Music Center.
Worker makes forms for concrete placement.
Phase IIIB construction will include 268 parking spaces in the Central Riverfront Garage.
The Race Street head house takes shape.
Workers install digital matrix board to provide real-time information on Central Riverfront Garage parking availability and pricing.
Illuminated digital signage will identify parking Lot A entrance for visitors.

Research   Highlights

A total of 305 Hamilton County residents responded to a brief survey available online June 29–July 3, 2020. Purpose of the study was to measure awareness and perceptions of The Banks infrastructure (parking) and greenspace among Hamilton County residents.

PARKING

Users of the Central Riverfront Garage are satisfied with parking 93% very/somewhat satisfied; 7% not satisfied.

INVESTMENT

A total of 75% of respondents agree that The Banks has been a good investment of public dollars; 22% are unsure, and 2% disagree.

SMALE   PARK

Visitors indicate they are highly satisfied with Smale Park 97% very/somewhat satisfied; 3% not satisfied.

Developer

Members of the design, construction, and project teams signed the final beam before it was lifted into place.
Crews topped off the ICON Music Center by placing the final beam.
Cincinnati Reds Opening Day game was held July 24 at Great American Ball Park without fans.
Fans made their way to The Banks to watch the televised Reds home games.

Parks

Families visited Smale Park this summer and enjoyed Adventure Play area.
Children cry “Let’s race!” as they use the Smale Park walkway.
There’s plenty of room for a quick scooter ride through Smale Park near the Roebling Bridge.
Bicycling is breezy in Smale Park on a sunny afternoon.

What‘s Next

For more information: Phil Beck, AIA, LEED AP Project Executive The Banks Project (513) 946-4434