GRW was hired by Marshall University to masterplan and design the first phase for a new engineering complex on their main campus in Huntington, WV. This 16,000 SF teaching facility houses materials, soils, hydraulics, structural, and environmental laboratory space, as well as classroom space, public space for students and faculty offices. A building-wide access control system was provided to monitor usage and control entry.
The curved façade of the building was designed to create a park-like plaza along the north edge of 3rd Avenue, giving a softened edge to what previously had been parking lots and pavement. Brick and other exterior building materials were selected to complement the adjacent campus buildings, thus giving a more unified appearance to the campus.