Architect, Structural Engineer, Cost
Estimator, Landscape Architect
Alpha Associates, Inc.
209 Prairie Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26501
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
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.
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
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
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.
Brick: Browerston Shale Cast Stone: Advanced Cast
Siding: James Hardie EPDM Roofing: Mule-Hide
Metal: Firestone Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances &
Storefronts: YKK America
Acoustical: CertainTeed Paint: Sherwin Williams
Resinous: Dur-A-Flex Sports Floor: Conner Carpet:
Lighting: Lithonia, Beta-Calco, Peerless, Hydrel