Woolpert honored for design
of The Conservatory
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
of Ohio recently awarded the architecture firm of
Woolpert, Inc. of Cincinnati the 2006 Engineering
Excellence Award for comprehensive design of The Conservatory,
located at Miami University Hamilton.
The ACEC program booklet describes the architectural
features of The Conservatory, “The unique aluminum
and masonry building, distinguished by it slighted
cupola, has an environmental system that uses grow
lights, vents, shades, fans, hydronic radiant heaters
and fog system to maintain five distinct environmental
zones. These components are controlled through a microprocessor
that receives information from zone sensors and an
on-site weather station, while the building’s
heating and cooling systems are tied into a campus-wide
building automation network. Outside, the building
is complemented by extensive lighting and landscaping.”
A gift from the Richard J. Fitton family of Hamilton,
The Conservatory is a 7,000 square foot multi-use
facility, consisting of educational, research and
public display spaces. It is unique in not only its
architectural beauty, but it will house the largest
fully documented academic collection of exotic plants
in the area. In addition, the exterior grounds will
be a celebration of Ohio's native plants.
the award are (l-r) John Albers of Woolpert, Inc., Dr.
Daniel E. Hall, Dean of Miami Hamilton, Kevin Denman
of Woolpert, Inc., and Howard Bradley of Miami.