Omni Associates—Architects was selected by the West Virginia General Services Division to provide all architectural and engineering services for a new state office building located in downtown Fairmont.
It was important that the new building fit within the context of the down-town area’s historical buildings while reflecting an era of progress and new growth. To that end, the building’s exterior features traditional brick and cast stone masonry integrated with insulated formed metal panels and an aluminum curtainwall.
The building will be occupied by eight state agencies and include offices for the Secretary of State. Programming services included interviews of the individual agencies to determine the specific requirements of each. Interior fit-outs include a variety of user-specific spaces including training rooms, interview rooms, waiting areas, individual offices, large open offices, break rooms, and kitchenettes.
Omni also provided all necessary surveying of the site, and all existing infrastructure systems and material to determine appropriateness for construction. Pre-construction services also included the verification, coordination, and documentation of extensions, tie-ins, and relocations of all utilities as well as an extensive demolition package released prior to the new construction package.
In addition to compliance with all applicable local, State, and Federal regulations as well as ADA requirements, the Owner requested that the building be designed with the goal of achieving LEED™ Silver certification. Current calculations suggest the project could achieve LEED Gold.