Miami University Richard T. Farmer School of Business
Heapy Engineering designed the Mechanical-Electrical systems for the new 210,000 SF, Richard T. Farmer School of Business. The main entrance leads to the double-height Commons, which stands at a major crossroads of the building's interior circulation with adjacent study and dining rooms, as does the sky lit atrium, which opens to all floors of the building.
A broad open staircase connecting the school’s upper floors of classrooms occupies the atrium. Instructional spaces, including cluster classrooms, breakout rooms, a trading room, reflect the school's academic style, which emphasizes small group work, seminar instruction, and experiential learning. The entrance to the school's 515-seat auditorium is given prominence in the complex and is visible from Uptown Oxford's High Street.
The building's simple Colonial-Georgian facades of red brick, white-painted trim, and slate roofs carry forward the architectural identity of Miami University's historic campus.
The food service for this new building included a 2,000 SF full commercial kitchen that included a large walk in refrigerator, freezer and dry storage spaces. There is also a 2150 SF Marche, which includes a food court style food preparation and display. Specific styles of food preparation include an Asian Cuisine Station, Pannini Sandwich Station, Coffee Bar, Quiche Station and Soup and Salad Bar.
The School of Business Building's key sustainable features include: energy efficient Mechanical-Electrical systems, maximized use of natural light (and daylight dimming controls throughout), over 80% of project waste was diverted from landfills, water use reduction through the installation of low-flow flush valves and fixtures and the utilization of a fully-integrated green cleaning program to improve the health and safety of the indoor environment through the responsible use of the latest in green cleaning technology and practices.
This project is LEED® Silver certified. This project received certification under the LEED for New Construction rating system.
The project was completed in 2009 with a total construction cost of $57,750,000.