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FIRM INTRODUCTION Elevar Design Group, established in 1967, (formerly SFA Architects, PDT Architects and Roth Partnership) 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 SFA 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


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 1980’s, Tom was 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 has 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 40 years of experience in MEP Engineering. As Principal of Elevar’s MEP team, he directs all engineering services and ensures the highest quality 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 client projects.


Bob Zielasko, AIA, NCARB Senior Architect

Bob Zielasko has more than 30 years of experience in commercial design including corporate headquarters, hospitality, and mixed-use projects. Having worked with many high profile developers, Bob has the proven ability to collaborate with his clients. Bob has provided solutions that have solved a great deal of operational and cost issues for his clients.

Vice President, Engineering

ELEVATE THE WAY YOU STAY Whether traveling for work or leisure, a stay in a hotel should be more than just comfortable and enjoyable. Our team works to develop brand-appropriate design solutions that welcome visitors and maintain a high level of comfort throughout the duration of a stay. We strive to recreate a home-like atmosphere through thoughtful design practices, understanding how textures and colors evoke that feeling of the comforts of home.

Hyatt Place at Sharonville Convention Center Sharonville, OH

This new hotel in the City of Sharonville is connected to the Sharonville Convention Center. The Hyatt Place is located in an area that has been the center of significant development activity for the past several years in the City. The “Northern Lights Entertainment District� is home to the Sharonville Convention Center, which recently completed a $25 million renovation and expansion, and provides a beautiful and contemporary relaxed suburban location for meetings, conventions, banquets, trade shows, and public events. With 120 guest rooms, the new hotel will help with the demands of conventions, meetings and events at the Center.

Holiday Inn Downtown Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH

Located on the eastern edge of the Downtown Development District and ideally situated within walking distance of fortune 500 companies and entertainment venues is the development of a sixstory, 117 room hotel. Amenities include a glassenclosed pool located on the first floor of hotel suites, above the upper garage level. A street-level lounge and bar addresses the corner site, and a full service restaurant, banquet, and conference space located on the top floor to allow for expansive views of downtown and Mt. Adams. The street facades have been designed to complement without competing with the ornate and classic architectural language of the surrounding buildings. This project is the first ground-up hotel to be constructed in Cincinnati’s downtown core in over a quarter century.

Spring Hill Suites at Baldwin Center Cincinnati, OH

Located just outside of downtown Cincinnati, the five-story Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel provides 122 rooms to visiting business professionals. The hotel, marketed as an all business suite, boasts direct views of the city as well as quick access to downtown and the main highways. Amenities include a bar, year-round swimming pool, exercise room, business center with internet access, conference/meeting facility, large open lounge, and administrative offices. This project also consists of a six-story 250,000 SF office building and a three-level 1,100 space parking garage that forms the foundation for both the office building and hotel.

Marriott RiverCenter Covington, KY

A result of a large master plan to bring an upscale hotel and conference center to the riverfront, the Covington Marriott at RiverCenter is a full-service hotel, offering 321 guest rooms, full kitchen services, a 15-story atrium, and a 3-story fitness center. Catering to the needs of the business-savvy, the hotel provides 10 meeting rooms, totaling over 90,000 square feet, as well as banquet and dining facilities. An enclosed skywalk was also designed to connect the hotel with the Northern Kentucky Convention Center to accommodate those requiring larger meeting spaces. With a 4-diamond rating from AAA, the RiverCenter Marriott ranks as one of the premier hotels in the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area.

Hampton Inn Uptown Clifton, OH

The Hampton Inn of Clifton, Ohio was designed to serve the University of Cincinnati community and its neighborhood. Working within the corporate template of Hampton Inn standards, our tean worked to create a fun space for visitors to the city to meet and interact. The 4-story hotel sits atop a parking structure and has five accessible conference and meeting areas for banquet and business events. Additionally, the common spaces of the Inn were designed to attract visitors into the restaurant / bar area with vibrant colors, enjoyable light and two-story open spaces. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool, fitness room and a 24-hour Suite Shop convenience store.



We seek to provide luxurious stay experiences that people can take with them as they travel the globe. When thinking about the design of a hotel you must consider what people appreciate most about their own homes. Comfort, style, accessibility, and flow of space are key elements we seek to provide in a home-away-from-home environment. - Bob Zielasko | Senior Architect


Elevar Design Group - STAY  

Whether traveling for work or leisure, a stay in a hotel should be more than just comfortable and enjoyable. Our team works to develop brand...

Elevar Design Group - STAY  

Whether traveling for work or leisure, a stay in a hotel should be more than just comfortable and enjoyable. Our team works to develop brand...