Virginia University College of Physical Activity & Sports Science and
Student Health Center (CPASS)|
Alpha Associates, Inc.
209 Prairie Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26501
Morgantown, West Virginia
Date Bid: Dec 2012 Construction Period: Jan 2013 to May
Total Square Feet: 117,344 Site: 7.37 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Ground, 39,465; first floor, 39,465; second
floor, 38,414; total, 117,344 square feet.
Building Height: Ground floor, 15’; first floor, 15’; second
floor, 15’; total, 71’9”.
Basic Construction Type: New/II B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal, membrane.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Loftus Engineers, LLC - 300
Bilmar Drive, #250, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
General Contractor: P.J. Dick - 225 North Shore Drive,
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Cost Estimator: Gilbane - Manor Oak One, #385, 1910 Cochran Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
The West Virginia University's College of Physical Activity & Sports
Science and Student Health Center, formally titled the "Health and
Education Building" upon completion, is the first in a series of new
facilities part of WVU's $320 million dollar, 10-year facilities
improvement program. Completed in the spring of 2014, the project brings
departments and personnel from all corners of the campus to a
centralized location focused on student
health and fitness.
A multitude of influences developed the programmatic and logistic needs
of the project. The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences grew
out of the former physical education program and has had close ties to
the intercollegiate sport programs. Classes and offices for the College
were located in the University's 14,000-seat Coliseum. With ever
expanding needs of college athletics and limited space available, it was
decided that the CPASS students would be better served in a dedicated
facility. Bringing student health services from the University hospital
campus and the Carruth mental health center from the downtown campus,
the centralized location provides a single point of treatment for all
ailments. In addition to the three major building tenants, the building
also accommodates a retail dining establishment, University-managed CTec
classrooms, a pharmacy, and a facilities management regional campus
The result is a 117,344 square foot, 3-story facility with parking for
231. The project is sited on the Evansdale campus directly adjacent to
two intramural sports fields and tennis courts, also designed by Alpha
Associates. The building is also closely tied to the Student
Recreational Center located within the quadrangle.
The 56,000 square foot CPASS side of the building contains three tiered
classrooms, general and specialty classrooms, a multipurpose room
designed for ball sports, an instructional fitness room in addition to
departmental and dean office spaces. The 57,000 square foot Student
Health side amenities include dining, a pharmacy and multipurpose
meeting rooms, as well the traditional medical and mental health support
spaces. The medical clinic is also open to the public as a joint venture
with WVU Healthcare as an urgent care center. The remaining square
footage is controlled by the facilities management group for offices,
material storage, repair shops, and break room.
The design incorporates a long core building with two smaller wings. Two
main entrances on the north side of the building define the primary
tenants of the building. The southern entrances develop a rhythmic
relationship with the adjacent promenade. The entrances are accentuated
with smooth cast stone panels. Local natural stone creates a water table
base to the building. Brick fired within the state complete the masonry
composition. The mica gray standing seam roof caps the project while
neutral-reflective, low-e glazing exhibits a combination of reflectance
and transmittance to the exterior while controlling interior glare.
Vinyl enhanced tile and ceramic tile flooring materials were selected
throughout the facility for increased durability and low life-cycle
costs. Specialty roll flooring was utilized for medical areas as well as
for athletic activities. Large windows provide ample daylighting for
every office and meeting room throughout the facility.
Systems integration was critical to the operation of the CTec classroom
audio-visual systems. WVU has developed a standard classroom
configuration across the campus that allows faculty to present their
lectures in the identical way, no matter where the class is held. From
the lectern, lighting, projection equipment, computers, and polling
systems can be controlled via touch screen. The same high-tech approach
is taken with door controls. Exterior doors to the building are
electronically controlled allowing a central dispatch to unlock and lock
doors on pre-determined schedule. Software also tracks egress and
ingress after-hours. Card readers, automatic operators, and locksets all
talk to each other through the central access control system which
limits the use of the masterkey system for building access and minimizes
The site design integrates unique landscaping including low-maintenance
wild-flower meadows and native plants. Innovative storm-water management
utilizes bio-retention cells. These structures, composed of a sand/soil
mix, retain runoff to slow the discharge as well as filter the water of
impurities and assist in the natural irrigation of the site.
Alpha Associates Incorporated's design team, in partnership with West
Virginia University, has created a facility that provides first-class
educational and student services to the ever-expanding University.
Building Envelope: Continental Brick, M & S Stone, Royal Stone
Roofing: Dimensional Metals, FiberTite
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtain Wall: Oldcastle
Interior: Armstrong, Sherwin Williams, American Olean, Crossville
Flooring: Johnsonite, Forbo, Gerflor, Tandus
Lighting: Lithonia, finelite, Gotham, Cali, Luminaire, Focalpoint,