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Herman Miller Greenhouse Factory and Offices
(Herman Miller Greenhouse)

This image shows the main entry to the Miller SQA building.
Photo credit: Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners


  • Location: Holland, MI
  • Building type(s): Industrial, Commercial office
  • New construction
  • 290,000 ft2 (26,900 m2)
  • Project scope: a single building
  • Suburban setting
  • Completed 1995

Miller SQA, a subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc., commissioned William McDonough + Partners to design a 295,000-square-foot office, manufacturing, and distribution center. Herman Miller, Inc. already created products with reused and recycled materials, and McDonough saw the new facility as the perfect opportunity to couple Miller SQA's environmental track record with a new, ecologically intelligent building.

Environmental Aspects

The crescent-shaped, single-story structure follows the natural contours of the site, and is adjoined by a created wetland, which processes and purifies the building's stormwater. The building is heated and cooled passively, is daylit, and is equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation systems.

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned and occupied by Herman Miller, Inc., Corporation, for-profit

Building Programs

Indoor Spaces:

Office, Cafeteria, Circulation, Restrooms, Conference, Lobby/reception, Manufacturing, Gymnasium

Outdoor Spaces:

Drives/roadway, Parking, Wildlife habitat


Wildlife habitat, Wetlands, Indigenous vegetation, Stormwater management, Glazing, Efficient lighting, Benign materials, Local materials, Occupant recycling, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Ventilation effectiveness, Noise control, Low-emitting materials

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Last updated: 2/5/2007

Our thanks to the ENERGY STAR program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to the U.S. Department of Energy, and to BuildingGreen, Inc. for hosting the submission and judging forms.

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