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  5000 NASA Boulevard

5000 NASA BoulevardArchitect

Omni Associates – Architects, Inc.
1543 Fairmont Avenue, #201, Fairmont, WV 26554

General Description

Location: Fairmont, West Virginia
Date Bid: Aug 2005
Construction Period: Aug 2005 to Aug 2008
Total Square Feet: 132,000 Site: 10 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 26,000; second floor, 30,000; each additional floor, 31,000; total, 132,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor 14’; each additional floor, 14’; total height, 56’.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIA Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Insulated metal panel, brick. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Woolpert, Inc. - 4454 Idea Center Blvd., Dayton, OH 45430
General Contractor: G. A. Brown & Son, Inc. - 215 Mill Street, Fairmont, WV 26554
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Tower Engineering - 115 Evergreen Heights Drive, #400, Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Civil Engineer: Thrasher Engineering - 30 Columbia Road, Clarksburg, WV 26301

5000 NASA Boulevard stands as the newest addition to the West Virginia High Technology Consortium's I-79 Technology Park located in Fairmont. The mission of the Consortium is to "foster growth and instill sustainability" in this new technology sector. With that in mind, the project architect, Richard T. Forren AIA, Principal and Vice President of Omni Associates-Architects, was tasked to design two multi-tenant structures to fit within the context of the Technology Park.

The architect's concept was to prominently position the two structures on a long narrow site in which visibility was limited to twenty-five percent of the total site; however, contextually, placing two structures in such close proximity to one another was not the solution for this park. The solution was to consolidate the separate structures so they both could be prominently displayed.

Visibility from the extensively traveled I-79 corridor was a determining factor in the design consideration. This established two distinctive facades. The front facade displays the building's visual images, features, and materials, which not only fit within the context of the park but are also in keeping with the image of a technology structure. This facade displays the prominent features of the building including multi-story glass-encased semi-circular tower elements and east facing outdoor balconies that take advantage of outstanding scenic views and provide outdoor opportunities for tenant spaces at every floor along with 2,200 square feet of rooftop gardens. The rear facade features more utilitarian elements with main entrances and adjacency to the building's parking.

The primary form of the building is two distinctive structures of a rectangular configuration intersected by various curved forms. A large bifurcated curve delineates the outdoor balconies while the multi-story glass-encased semi-circular component provides symmetrical featured elements. The two structures are physically connected on the fifth floor by a 6,000-square-foot bridge-like conference center that further strengthens the primary form and creates an approach that provides visual depth as the roadway to building access and parking passes through the structure itself. The structure is situated on the site so that parking is concealed and the aesthetic impact of the front facade is maximized.

Metal panels were selected as an exterior wall system in order to create clean lines and texture representative of technology. The effect is a 21st Century look that reflects the aspirations of the owners while complementing the existing buildings in the technology park. The panels greatly reduced the amount of construction time and material used. They are comprised of a steel face and liner with a foam insulating core. No cavity wall insulation or building wrap was required with the use of this material. Because it is relatively lightweight, it decreased dead load support requirements. The panels consist of 22-26% recycled content and are 100% recyclable. As an additional benefit, their superior insulation system reduces overall energy consumption in the building.

The architect's commitment to innovation and creativity is reflected in this unique design which also allows for flexibility in the interior spaces in an ever-changing technology market.


DIV. 7: Insulated Metal Panel: Centria; Membrane Roof: Firestone.
DIV. 8: Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: Gypsum: National; Metal Stud: Marino/Ware; Carpet: Mannington.
DIV. 14: Elevators: KONE.


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