SHP completed construction on Miami University’s Geothermal Energy Plant in 2014. The 13,250 square foot plant was designed to showcase the technology within and demonstrate Miami’s commitment to green technology, all while complementing the surrounding Western Campus.
- The large expanse of glazing and open interior draws attention to the systems that will heat and cool all Western Campus buildings.
- The front planter 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 inner workings of the plant.
- As a utility building, the basic structural system (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.