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  Pineville Elementary SchoolPineville Elementary School

Architect, Structural Engineer, Cost Estimator, Landscape Architect

Alpha Associates, Inc.
209 Prairie Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26501

General Description

Location: Pineville, West Virginia
Date Bid: June 2012
Construction Period: July 2012 to Dec 2013
Total Square Feet: 51,650 Site: 8.25 acres.
Number of Buildings: One, 26 classrooms, 180 seat cafetorium, 303 seat gymnasium.
Building Sizes: First floor, 51,650; total, 51,650 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 30’; total, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: New/II B. Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

General Contractor: Radford & Radford, Inc. - 860 Ragland Road, Beckley, WV 25801
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Harper Engineering - 52 B Street, Saint Albans, WV 25177

When the existing Pineville Elementary flooded for the third time in less than nine years, Wyoming County Schools and the School Building Authority of West Virginia made it a priority to relocate the school out of harm's way. After evaluating multiple potential project sites, an open space adjacent to the existing middle school was selected. The use of this previous football field allowed for a common bus loading area for both schools. The new 400-student facility shares 8.25 acres with its 600-student middle
school neighbor.

The design incorporates an entrance canopy featuring equiangular polygon shapes and crayon shaped columns. A cast stone panel featuring the school logo in relief is on the outside of the art classroom. Add alternates provide two additional classrooms and bleachers in the gymnasium. The overall planning concept was to separate the Pre-K and Kindergarten from the two primary-grade-level classroom "pods". The cafeteria and gymnasium feature a stage that opens to either space for flexibility in presentations. Brick and window frame colors were selected to complement the existing middle school.

The 51,650-square-foot facility contains 23 classrooms, a combination art/music room, a library, and two dedicated computer labs. The cafeteria and gymnasium are uniquely configured with a shared stage with folding partitions to allow performances to either space. The main entrance is electronically configured as a "man-lock" during operating hours. A security camera and security-type classroom locks are provided in conformance with WV School Safety regulations. The building is configured such that only the dining room, gymnasium, and associated support spaces are accessible for after-hours activities.

Vinyl enhanced tile, resinous and ceramic tile flooring materials were selected throughout the facility for increased durability and low life-cycle costs. Skylights accent the intersections of hallways and clerestory windows illuminate the dining room and gymnasium. Large curtainwall assemblies provide ample daylighting for the library and art rooms.

Building Information Modeling was utilized to design structural, architectural, mechanical and electrical systems within the building. This gave the owner's building committee the opportunity to virtually walk through the building before the first footing was poured. Photorealistic building and site renderings generated out of the software conveyed the detailed information about the design concepts to the County's Board of Education and the public. BIM allowed enhanced conflict detection between design trades, streamlined the design process, and minimized coordination change orders.

Alpha Associates Incorporated's design team, in partnership with Wyoming County Schools, has created an educational facility that will serve the students, teachers, and community of Pineville for years to come.

Product Information
Brick: Browerston Shale  Cast Stone: Advanced Cast Stone
Siding: James Hardie  EPDM Roofing: Mule-Hide
Metal: Firestone  Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK America
Daylighting/Skylights: Wasco
Acoustical: CertainTeed  Paint: Sherwin Williams VCT: Tarkett
Resinous: Dur-A-Flex  Sports Floor: Conner Carpet: Mohawk
Lighting: Lithonia, Beta-Calco, Peerless, Hydrel

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