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Pikewood Creative Offices Addition & Renovation - Morgantown, West Virginia

Omni Associates-Architects

Posted: July 12, 2022 | Projects

Pikewood Creative is a multi-faceted company that needed new corporate offices for their parent company, WV Radio Corporation, and the subsidiary creative video and audio advertising corporation, Pikewood Creative. 

Photograph courtesy of Steve Barnum/Omni Associates-Architects

The existing building in Morgantown, West Virginia, was part of the company’s assets, originally housing another media company, the Dominion Post newspaper. The structure was over 90 years old and still sound, but needed to be completely stripped down to its shell to accomplish the up-to-date needs of the company. To accomplish this, a new addition to the building, as well as completely new infrastructure systems, were designed.  

For all intents and purposes, this is a new building. The building has completely new mechanical, electrical, data, plumbing, and lighting systems. The roof, windows, thermal envelope, interior framing, and finishes are new. 

The portion added to the front of the old structure provides a new face to the streetscape and reflects the “new within the old” image that the corporation wanted to portray.  

The site required a complete makeover as well – to accomplish storm water management, and to create a new entrance marquee to the public street – as well as provide off-street parking. 

The storm water requirements of the city are not just to control the flow of the water, but also to reduce offsite flow by 10% and recharge the ground water system. This was accomplished by integrating perforated piping under the parking surface and aiming sheet-flowing water toward new landscaping beds before entering the storm piping to slow the rate, create dispersion, and promote percolation into the ground.  

The existing superstructure was created by a combination of concrete two-way slabs on steel girders and rivet plate columns, which were articulated into the exposed elements of the architecture. 

The new addition, created by steel framing, utilized a combination of brick and precast concrete veneers to complement and imitate the patterns of the existing exterior. 

The mechanical system was designed with multiple single-zone units that serve the various areas of the building, instead of a centralized unit with multi-zone controls. This allowed for individual control of each group of occupancy at a much more efficient cost factor. This created small units in operation at various times instead of having a large central HVAC system on all the time.  

The electrical systems were also zoned by floor, and every space has a network of data to meet the needs of this digital multimedia company. All of the lighting is LED with variable dimming capability, so individual lighting levels can be created for work and presentation environments. 

The ceilings are combinations of open and closed panels, allowing some spaces to emphasize the superstructure while providing sound control. This ability is key in the audio-sensitive design and presentation areas. The design utilized interior window walls to allow an abundance of exterior light to filter into the inner core, and also provide visual connections. 

Omni Associates-Architects
207 Jefferson Street, Fairmont, WV 26554

Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Allegheny Design Services
102 Leeway Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

General Contractor
Veritas Contracting
72 Distributor Drive, Morgantown, WV 26501

Bid Date: Jul 2013
Construction Period: Oct 2013 to Dec 2014
Total Square Feet: 16,502
Site: 0.44 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 3,712; second floor, 2,098; third floor, 3,970; fourth floor, 6,722; total, 16,502 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10'2"; second floor, 12'2";third floor, 11'3"; fourth floor, 13'9"; total, 55'2".
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall.
Roof: Asphalt shingles, membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the July/August 2022 issue of DCD