Join ULI Cincinnati as we visit the Andrew J. Brady Icon Music Center (the ICON), designed to connect audiences to the exhilaration of live music. This project will reshape the pulse of public space at Cincinnati’s riverfront. In a city known for diverse cultural spaces that span generations — Music Hall, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Otto M. Budig Theater, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center—the impact of the ICON will reverberate beyond the building. It will re-shape how people throughout the region engage with public space along the banks of the Ohio River.

Hear from Music & Event Management, Inc. CEO, Mike Smith how seating 4,400 people on three levels will capture the thrill of a crowd, while fostering the feeling of an intensely personal experience—for both patron and performer. Moving along its grand staircase for a sold-out performance; seeing a band play on the seasonal stage from the outdoor lawn; enjoying a drink (and a view of the historic Roebling Bridge) from the balcony on a cool spring night—the musical experience will extend beyond the show itself.

It is anticipated that the venue will host 140-160 (indoor and outdoor) concert events a year, but the ICON will be more than a great place for music. It will extend Cincinnati’s cultural corridor along its southern edge and help anchor signature events like Taste of Cincinnati, Oktoberfest, and Major League Baseball’s Opening Day.

Members of the GBBN Architects’ team will lead tours of The ICON and tell the design story, giving the first 60 registrants the opportunity to see a behind the scenes look at this $27 million state-of-the-art music center set to open on July 22 that will be unparalleled to any other music venue in the region. Following the tours, registrants will gather on the rooftop of the AC Hotel by Marriott Cincinnati at The Banks for an After Program Get-Together.

Project Team:
• Client: Music & Event Management Inc. (MEMI), a subsidiary of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
• Construction Manager: Messer Construction
• Architect: GBBN
• Civil & Landscape: Kleingers
• Structural: THP Limited
• MEP/FP: CMTA with Dynamix
• Theater & Acoustics: HMB-A
• Food Service: Cini-Little International


Wednesday, July 14, 2021
4:30-6:30 PM
25 Race Street, Cincinnati 45202 (meet at the end of the Race Street Turnaround)


4:30 PM Check-In
4:45 PM Opening Remarks by Mike Smith, CEO of MEMI
5:00 PM Tour led by members of the GBBN Team
5:45 PM After Program Get-Together at the AC Hotel by Marriott at The Banks

Members – $15
Non-Members – $25Those who work for ULI Cincinnati Annual Sponsors with eligible credits may register without a fee by emailing
Note this event is limited to the first 60 who register.