Sitting amidst three new dormitories and a new dining facility, Miami University’s Geothermal Energy Plant showcases the university’s commitment to innovative, environmentally responsible technology and stewardship while complimenting the new and existing buildings on Western Campus.
The new structure features:
- A large expanse of glazing and open interior that draws attention to the systems that will heat and cool all Western campus buildings, demonstrating Miami’s commitment to green technology.
- A front planter that controls roof run-off during a rain event while establishing a connection between the building’s green roof and the surrounding nature of the campus, offering students a comfortable pause point for an up close view of the plant’s inner workings.
- As a utility building, the basic structural systems (steel frame with masonry veneer), materials and finishes (ground face concrete block in shades to match the campus stonework, aluminum storefront) and simple masses deliver a cost effective and durable building that requires minimal maintenance.