County Sheriff’s Office|
Architect, Structural Engineer, Landscape
Architect & Cost Estimator
Alpha Associates, Inc.
209 Prairie Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26501
Morgantown, West Virginia
Date Bid: June 2010 Construction Period: July 2010 to Nov 2011
Total Square Feet: 31,645 Site: 0.21 acre.
Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: Garage, 3,060; basement, 6,155; first floor,
9,215; second floor, 9,215; each additional floor, 4,000;
total, 31,645 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 17’; basement, 17’; first floor, 14’;
second floor, 14’; each additional floor, 14’; total, 59’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, insulated
metal panel. Roof: Built-up, metal. Floors: Composite
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
General Contractor: March-Westin Company, Inc. - 360 Frontier
Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CMA Engineering - 5 Riddle
Court, Morgantown, WV 26505
The County Commission owned a lot measuring 106- x 87-feet within a
block of the County Courthouse in the historic downtown business
district. The proximity to the 1891 Courthouse was a deciding factor for
locating a new Sheriff's Building at the southeast corner of University
Avenue and Walnut Street.
Sandwiched between the Courthouse and the site is a station for the
town's PRT. The Personal Rapid Transit System, with its overhead rails,
is the local University's version of a light rail system. In service
since the 1970's, it provides a vital link between the downtown campus
and the Engineering/Medical Campus a few miles to the north of downtown.
The lot beneath the PRT is utilized for parking by the Sheriff's office.
The building's site was already constrained to the North and East by the
overhead rails and the PRT Station. The site was also extremely steep,
resulting in a vertical rise of 18 feet the length of the site.
The Police/Prisoner function is accessed through a carport with a
vehicular entry from the multi-lane University Avenue through town. All
of the prisoner/police activities are contained in the Ground floor of
the building. The ground floor has a central corridor separating the
prisoner area from the evidence area, helping to preserve the chain of
custody of evidence, with pass-thru evidence lockers from the Report
room to the Evidence room.
The General Public/Sheriff side of the program has its entrance on the
first floor, off of Walnut Street which runs down the hill from the
Courthouse Square and downtown. The entrance is 17 feet above the
carport entrance and on the opposite side of the building.
The administrative area of the building, housed on the first and second
levels of the building is efficiently organized around a central core of
support facilities. Private offices ring the outside walls of the
The interior materials include large format porcelain ceramic and mosaic
tile, carpet tile and broadloom, painted gypsum board and smooth filled
ground and highly polished concrete masonry units.
Lighting is controlled by manual on and automatic off switching, with
several illuminated coves defining the lobby and conference room.
The completed design breaks up the mass of a single building into
multiple layers through the use of materials and fenestration to
differentiate the levels, exits and entrances of the building.
The red brick entrance, matching the Courthouse annex, with its roof
parapet adorned with a traditional overhanging cornice, echoes the
materials and features utilized in the historic structures nearby. Other
materials include textured insulated metal panels, two colors of filled,
ground and polished CMU, and natural colored precast architectural
elements. The windows are clear mill aluminum frame with insulated Low-E
green tinted glazing.
Filling the site to capacity, at the juncture of historic downtown
buildings and newer modern development near the river, the facades
proclaim that the County has entered a new century and acknowledges the
City's long history as the County Seat of Government.
Insulated Metal Panel: Centria
Flooring: Stonepeak Ceramic, Mohawk Carpet
Lighting: Gardco, Day-Brite, Lite-Control, Kenall