The Conservatory supports collegiate and community programs associated with preservation and conservation. It serves as a boundary to the campus, and features trails leading to restored prarie and woodland habitats. The building was designed as a pedagogical device, with huge interpretive murals showing the evolution of local flora and fauna. The design features a rotunda with a lantern that serves as an iconic geospatial reference, visible from everywhere on the campus. The building itself is only part of a larger experience, as plazas, trails and gardens and restored habitats extend the campus and provide the visitor and student with a broader, richer, evolving environment.
Inside, the Conservatory house special plant dislay areas, while the rotunda houses educational, recreational and other support functions. Research space is contained in two wings.
Location: Hamilton, OH, US
My Role: As Group Manager, I directed the efforts of the team, handled contracts, reviewed the design and drawings, managed the staff and consultants.