Miami University set out to create new facility that focused entirely on its student community and the “Miami Experience,” a robust program for student socialization, professional development, recreation, dining and events.

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BHDP was commissioned to transform three existing buildings into the new Armstrong Student Center. The three-story project’s key spaces include an interior "street" with skylight, a 500-seat theater and event space plus a culinary marketplace with six separate food venues. Lounges and study areas were equipped with technology resources for individual and group work, while each space was designed to facilitate open, creative productivity and social interaction. As part of the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts, the building is currently pursuing LEED Certification.

The Shade Family Room, in addition to environmental graphics displayed throughout, celebrates the rich history and tradition of Miami University. The room not only features images and memorabilia chronicling the University’s 200 years, it also serves as a grand entrance to the ASC and provides a warm atmosphere for students to gather and interact; it is the family room of the University.

The ASC also contains many lounges, student government chamber, study spaces to promote scholarly and social interaction, a multi-cultural suite, and Wiikiaami room dedicated to the Miami Native American tribe.