Nestled in southwestern Ohio, Miami University Hamilton is one of the highly regarded public university’s four regional campuses in the area. The campus’ landmark building is the Conservatory, a 7,000-square-foot regional attraction designed by Woolpert, that supports Miami University’s instructional and research programs as well as enhances the knowledge and appreciation of plants through public interpretation.
The Conservatory features more than 4,000 square feet of botanical displays under a unique, octagonal glass-walled atrium roof supported by an all-aluminum structure that was integrated into the masonry and design.
The site is divided into five environmentally controlled zones, each with a computer automated and electronic sensor that maintains an independent temperature and humidity for the various plant collections and research efforts. Another unique feature is the automatic shade system that can be controlled based on time, temperature or light influence.