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FIRM INTRODUCTION Elevar Design Group, established in 1967 is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH with satellite offices in Dayton, OH, Cleveland, OH, and Lexington, KY. Our roots are planted in the Tri-State region, but our projects reach around the country. Elevar Design Group serves in both the public and private sectors, with a deep rooted understanding of how to work with all types of clients. We offer an array of services designed around our customers’ expectations and business demands. From strategic planning and community engagement services to professional planning, programming, architecture, engineering and interior design services, to project management, construction administration, and institutional and operational research, Elevar leads the way from inception to completion. Elevar Design Group is an EDGE certified firm with the State of Ohio and is the largest minority-owned professional design firm operating in the City of Cincinnati. Elevar is also involved in the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Partnership which is an economic development initiative that focuses on leveraging minority assets to strengthen the economy. Our firm was founded on the premise that each client deserves a high degree of personal service, and each project the search to find the “right” design solution, both artistically, and technically. As an Architect and an Engineer, our patron, Emilio Fernandez, exemplified the modern Master-Architect philosophy of eminent responsibility for the “whole” solution, and for the life of the building. These beliefs permeate our culture and translate into our work. Throughout our history, Elevar has responded promptly and efficiently to client needs with quality services and innovative, practical design solutions. Our continuing success has been achieved through our personal commitment and professional abilities. Our firm grew from humble beginnings into what is now a staff of more than 80 employees. This growth occurred organically as Elevar continued to design in new markets and acquire new clients. The combination of experienced, long-associated members working with knowledgeable younger members offering fresh, innovative ideas and approaches have lent to a continued focus on relevancy in the design world. No matter the type of client, we know that one thing is constant: our clients want a greater value for the investments they make in their facilities. Elevar delivers just that. We create beautiful spaces that take user experience to a higher level. We continuously strive for the best solutions: timeless design that is responsive to change with optimal performance for cost. We believe there is a design for every need, but we avoid the predictable, cookie-cutter response, and instead differentiate our product to always elevate our client’s game.


Greg Otis, AIA Tom Fernandez, SARA

Kim Patton, AIA

Tony Lozier, PE, LEED AP


Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning


As the CEO of Elevar Design Group, Tom Fernandez is responsible for the overall vision and innovation of the firm. He facilitates design direction and ensures that his staff is equipped to provide the best solutions to clients. Since assuming executive leadership of the firm in the late 1980s, Tom has been instrumental in growing the staff into the multi-disciplined team of specialized designers it is today.

Kim Patton serves as President of Elevar Design Group, guiding the design staff in daily operations and profitability. Kim’s energy and innovation have been the key to his successful career which has spanned nearly 30 years in many different markets. An Architect by trade, his vast experience has influenced his ability to grow Elevar’s staff and to provide clients with costeffective and creative solutions.

Greg Otis champions strategic initiatives for Elevar Design Group. Greg’s experience and passion for the built environment influences both his internal organizational leadership and external strategic plans. A natural planner and facilitator, Greg has the proven ability to yield positive change for employees and clients alike. Greg’s acumen is based on clear communication and innovative planning.

Tony Lozier has more than 43 years of experience in MEP Engineering. As Principal of Elevar’s MEP team, he directs all engineering services and ensures the highest quality results for clients. His widespread experience has served as an asset to many of Elevar’s projects, as Tony has the ability to lead the engineering team toward the best solutions for all client projects.


Melissa Johnson, NCIDQ LEED AP, EDAC

Dara Baldridge, IIDA, LEED AP

Senior Interior Designer

Senior Interior Designer

Melissa Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in architectural interior design, with more than 10 years of furniture dealership experience. Focused on healthcare environments, Melissa manages projects that range from renovation to new construction as well as expansions and additions. Her sophisticated client management skills are top notch, always striving to understand the client’s vision so that she can guarantee project success.

Dara has more than 25 years of experience in interior design excellence and workplace strategy, shaping environments that add value to people’s lives. She has partnered with clients to develop nearly 10 million SF of space that support their brand, culture, and business strategies. Her portfolio includes a wide variety of project types and sizes from conceptual design through project management and construction administration with the common goal of always exceeding the client and endusers’ expectations.

Vice President, Engineering

INTERIOR DESIGN Design solutions must be functional and also enhance the quality of life for those who occupy the space. In coordination with the building shell, design of the interior space must acknowledge the social context of the project and adhere to building codes and regulatory requirements. Our team immerses into the physical, social, and functional needs of our clients to deliver aesthetically pleasing, yet practical design solutions for end-users. Elevar provides space planning, selection of interior finishes, environmental graphic design, furniture procurement, and FF&E management.

West Clermont High School Cincinnati, Ohio

This consolidated high school was completed under the design/build project delivery method. In 23 months, our team designed this new school for 2,400 students. The massive scale of the project includes a 1,000 seat auditorium, two gymnasiums, a stadium complex, 8-lane natatorium, a state-of-theart academic wing, and adjoining Mercy Healthplex. A result of creative financing, this project was made possible by a public-private partnership with our team, the District, the OFCC and a private developer. Together, we were able to provide the District with a brand new school at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

Miami University Benton Hall Oxford, Ohio

Our team performed the renovation of Miami University’s Benton Hall to make the academic spaces more adaptable to new technologies. The renovation included upgrades to classrooms, laboratories, a lecture hall, and offices. Benton Hall houses the hub of the telecommunications network, so complex electrical engineering services were significant. The project also included a complete roof replacement and restorative exterior work to the building façade.

Landings Park Blue Ash, Ohio

Landings Park is a new four story office building which is part of the Landings at Blue Ash, also designed by our team. The Landings of Blue Ash is designed as a planned office community consisting of three Class “A�, five-story buildings that total nearly 540,000 SF. Landings Park, the newest building, is designed to match the existing five-story buildings on the property. However, the interiors of the new Landings Park\ were designed with fresh and updated finishings. This new building provides much needed office space for the City of Blue Ash, which is home to fast-growing companies that are running out of space.

Trustaff Headquarters Blue Ash, Ohio

As a result of Trustaff’s rapid growth over the last decade, the company was in dire need of new space that reflected their company culture, vision, and values. The new interior corporate space was to visually echo the company’s guiding principle: to do things differently. The energizing new office is equipped with open work space, a game room, a salon, state-of-the-art conference rooms, and a full kitchen and commons area. Scope of work for the project included reconfiguration of office spaces, new paint and environmental graphics including wayfinding and signage.

Kenton County Administration Building Covington, KY

Our team was recently selected to renovate the historic Bavarian Brewery facility, built in 1870, into the new County administration building. The existing space for the County was lacking adequate operational and parking space. After a long and complicated process, the County decided on the Bavarian Brewery site as their new home. This design/ build project will house all of the County government under one roof. The tower from the brewery will remain and a new five-story office building will be connected with a pedestrian bridge.

American Book Building 4th Floor Cincinnati, Ohio

Our team completed an interior finish remodel of the fourth floor in the iconic American Book Building, located in Downtown, Cincinnati. Programming this updated space, we incorporated existing building standards along with new colors for executive offices and team collaboration areas. The furniture for the project is new, utilizing a flexible modular system with height adjustable desks and mobile storage. The project scope also included upgraded existing restrooms to meet ADA requirements and removal of outdated sprinkler systems.

Atrium Medical Center Senior Emergency Department Middletown, Ohio

The Senior Emergency Center project at Atrium Medical Center involved converting nine regular emergency exam rooms into eight senior friendly exam rooms and a family waiting room. Entrances to the Senior Emergency Center were updated and the nursing stations were refreshed. Design components of the new exam rooms such as flooring, lighting, and color choices were carefully selected with the aging population in mind.

Atrium Medical Center Emergency Department Expansion Middletown, Ohio

The new Emergency Department required an addition to the existing building to accommodate Emergency vehicle drop off, a garage and support space for a Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and an annex for various support and storage spaces. The First Floor houses the following departments which complement the Emergency Department facility: Imaging, Occupational Medicine, Laboratory, Cardiology and support spaces such as a staff lounge and Information Technology suite. The project was complicated by an expedited schedule requiring submission of phased drawing sets for the Construction Manager.

Atrium Medical Center Natural Beginnings Middletown, Ohio

In response to the growing trend of midwifery both nationwide and in the region, the client wished to renovate the Family Birthing Center of Atrium Medical Center. Our team was hired to perform the renovation of this unit which includes the existing labor and delivery rooms (LDR), nursing station, and corridors. The renovations were phased, as the building was occupied and operating throughout the renovation process. The design team worked within these parameters to ensure that hospital operations are not impacted.

Joseph Porsche Kings Auto Cincinnati, Ohio

Originally a Lexus showroom, the building shell underwent a complete exterior and interior renovation. The new clean and modern structure is a simple design that communicates the prestigious Porsche message to its customers. The exterior provides a dramatic visual through the use of curved metal fascia panels contrasting against the glass keyhole. From the client approach at reception to the sales and customer service areas, the interior design provides a seamless customer experience. Designed to excite the customer and compel purchases, the interiors also reflect Porsche brand values. The Smart Center of Cincinnati is located directly adjacent to the Porsche showroom, sharing service facilities. The black entry portal provides a backdrop for signage as expansive storefront windows provide views into the showroom.


Our designers are dedicated to providing space planning and interior design services that protect and enhance the life, health, safety and needs of the public. By working with clients and other design professionals, we combine knowledge and vision while blending technical and creative solutions within a structure. Space planning solutions, while functional, must also enhance the quality of life for those who occupy the space, increasing their efficiency and motivation to do the job at hand.


- Melissa Johnson | Senior Interior Designer


Elevar Design Group - Interior Design  

Design solutions must be functional and also enhance the quality of life for those who occupy the space. In coordination with the building s...

Elevar Design Group - Interior Design  

Design solutions must be functional and also enhance the quality of life for those who occupy the space. In coordination with the building s...