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BENTON HALL
MIAMI UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE

OXFORD, OHIO

PDT's parent company, SFA in collaboration with Burt Hill completed the design and construction of the relocation of The School of Engineering to the existing Benton Hall and an adjacent new facility. The new building accommodates various specialized laboratory facilities. Rehabilitation of Benton Hall involved renovation of three levels currently containing mainly offices, classrooms and one large lecture hall. Benton Hall and the new facility are connected, facilitating interaction between portions of the School located in different structures and eliminating the need to duplicate functional areas.

The project included new and renovated spaces for offices, classrooms, and teaching and research laboratories and all support spaces including hallways, restrooms and an auditorium. Entire roof was replaced. The laboratory facilities included specialized chemical engineering, paper science, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, computer engineering, environmental science, programming, electronic design, advanced manufacturing processes, computer aided experimentation, quality planning and control, microprocessor based systems, and computer integrated manufacturing, general purpose computer labs and student project areas.

Many of the lab facilities have special electrical, H.V.A.C, floor loading, and ceiling height requirements as well as service requirements such as compressed air, deionized and/or distilled water, sink and drains, steam, fume hoods, exhaust fans, and multiple network connections. The gentle topography of the site as well as the overall landscaping of the campus in this area will provide for a unique opportunity to design an exciting focal point and a state-of-the-art facility that would fit within the overall Georgian context of the campus.