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Alpha Featured in National Publication

November 1st, 2012


Alpha Associates, Incorporated's attention to detail and cost effective designs recently garnered the interest of a National publication, Design Cost Data.  This publication features projects from across the country and provides actual cost data for architects, contractors and facility owners. 

Alpha Associates, Incorporated was recognized for the design of the new Monongalia County Sheriff's Office, located in Morgantown, West Virginia.   The building was completed in November 2011.  This project utilized Alpha's Architects, Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers, and Surveyors. CMA Engineers were the MEP Designers of the building.     

The County Commission owned a lot measuring 106 x 87 feet within a block of the County Courthouse in the downtown business district. The proximity to the 1891 Courthouse was a deciding factor for locating a new Sheriff's Building at the
southeast corner of University Avenue and Walnut Street.

Sandwiched between the Courthouse and the site is a station for the West Virginia University's PRT. The Personal Rapid Transit System, with its overhead rails, is the University's version of a light rail system. In service since the 1970's, it
provides a vital link between the downtown campus and the Engineering/Medical Campus a few miles to the north of downtown. The lot beneath the PRT was utilized for parking by the Sheriff's Office.

The building's site was constrained to the North and East by the overhead rails and the PRT Station. The site was also extremely steep, resulting in a vertical rise of 18 feet the length of the site.

The completed design breaks up the mass of a single building into multiple layers through the use of materials and fenestration to differentiate the levels, exits and entrances of the building. The red brick entrance, matching the
Courthouse annex, with its roof parapet adorned with a traditional overhanging cornice, echoes the materials and features utilized in the historic structures nearby. Other materials include textured insulated metal panels, two colors of
filled, ground and polished CMU, and natural colored precast architectural elements. The windows are clear mill aluminum frame with insulated Low-E green tinted glazing.

Filling the site to capacity, at the juncture of historic downtown buildings and newer modern development near the river, the facades proclaim that the County has entered a new century and acknowledges the City's long history as the County
Seat of Government.

Alpha Associates is proud of the building design, as well as being featured in the publication.   The article can be found

Alpha Associates remains a strong Architectural and Engineering force in West Virginia.  Serving West Virginia clients
since 1969, Alpha is proud of its ability to provide the area with projects that significantly impact the lives of West Virginians.

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