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  West Virginia University College of Physical Activity & Sports Science and Student Health Center (CPASS)West Virginia University College of Physical Activity & Sports Science and Student Health Center (CPASS)


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

General Description

Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Date Bid: Dec 2012 Construction Period: Jan 2013 to May 2014
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. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

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 shop.

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 unauthorized access.

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Continental Brick, M & S Stone, Royal Stone
Roofing: Dimensional Metals, FiberTite
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtain Wall: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Interior: Armstrong, Sherwin Williams, American Olean, Crossville
Flooring: Johnsonite, Forbo, Gerflor, Tandus
Lighting: Lithonia, finelite, Gotham, Cali, Luminaire, Focalpoint, Phillips


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