Miami University Western Campus Residence Halls
The Kleingers Group provided the civil engineering design, site surveying, and landscape architecture for 3 new 232 bed residence halls on the “Western Campus” at Miami University. The Engineering efforts included careful coordination of the building finish floor elevations with the surrounding site constraints, location and coordination of the inter-connected tunnel routing, domestic and fire water design, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer design. Close coordination with the architect, mechanical engineer, and structural engineer was required to ensure a seamless design.
The Kleingers Group Landscape Architecture Studio designed the outdoor gathering spaces for the project. Situated between two of the residence halls is a central ‘green‘ and amphitheater for students to gather on the Western Campus. The design also includes smaller outdoor spaces for more passive use. The plaza area includes bluestone paving, seating walls, and limestone seating cubes. The central ‘green’ and amphitheater provides students a space to gather for special events, concerts, or to throw a football. The central ‘green’ and amphitheater overlook the western campus ponds. The amphitheater, plaza, ponds and landscaping are designed together organically to integrate nature with the hardscape and create a soothing aesthetic. Terraced seating is designed into the hillslope along with vegetation to provide aesthetic seating opportunities that overlook the pond.
The third residence hall plaza area includes terraced seating laid into the hillslope to join the plaza hardscape with nature. The terraced hillside is placed to take advantage of spectacular views of Western Campus. The terraced seating includes limestone ledgerock seating that weaves in and out of the hillside landscaping, promoting intimate design with nature.