Maker Mondays: GBBN Architects

With Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire just weeks away, Maker Mondays is our way of introducing you to some of the makers you can expect to see at this year’s event.

For 58 years, GBBN Architects has been able to see things no one else can. They can see beyond existing walls and structures to visualize something different, something better, like they did when they transformed the Aronoff Center for the Arts. They can see an empty lot and visualize a baseball stadium with 42,000 cheering fans, like they did when they designed Great American Ballpark. They can see a hospital and visualize a center that can change the lives of families from across the country, like they did at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

“At GBBN, our purpose is to craft thoughtful design solutions that elevate our clients and communities today and tomorrow. For each project we undertake, our goal is to find poetry in problem solving and make spaces and places that inspire joy.”

GBBN most recently looked at Union Terminal and saw beyond the limestone and brick façade of a national historic landmark to see the steel structure underneath. Working with Truescan3D, they collected over 2 terabytes of data and used 4.3 billion data points to create a 3D model of Union Terminal, both inside and outside, as well as the dizzying steel skeleton in between. GBBN and Turner Construction Company will use those scans to guide them through the 2 ½ year restoration of Union Terminal. Take a quick 3D tour of Union Terminal here.

As Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire first timers, GBBN is excited to share their work with the community in a new way and with a new perspective. Several of their designers and architects will be on hand to share the technology and tools they use to transform communities. They’ll show interactive videos of their 3D scans and will even have a 3D printer on hand to print some examples of their work.

You can learn more about GBBN Architects at their website or meet them yourself at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire October 8 & 9 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Visit for more details.


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