ZMM receives design awards

PARKERSBURG – ZMM Architects and Engineers has received three Merit Awards by the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

This marks the 10th, 11th, and 12th statewide design awards for the firm since 2006.

The projects receiving recognition were the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council Girl Scout and Volunteer Resource Center and Girl’s Zone/Urban Camp, Huntington East Middle School and the Applied Technology Center for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

ZMM Architects and Engineers is a 35-person full-service design firm located in Charleston. ZMM has worked on numerous projects in the Parkersburg area, most recently the Wood County Justice Center, the Parkersburg Readiness Center and the Downtown Center for West Virginia University at Parkersburg. ZMM is assisting Wood County Schools with the planning for the new Williamstown Elementary School.

The Volunteer Resource Center and Girl Zone/Urban Camp is a 24,650 square foot project that completely renovated and upgraded existing buildings at 321 Virginia St.

The buildings were built in the early and mid-1900’s and were used as a car dealership showroom and parts building until 2008. By the time the Girl Scouts took possession of the building, it had fallen into a state of disrepair.

The facility required environmental remediation, and the entire roof structure had to be removed. The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council purchased the vacant buildings in 2011 with the intent of converting them into a girl-centered facility for members and a volunteer-enrichment center for program resources and training.

The program for the facility includes administrative offices, community/meeting gathering spaces, as well as a small hotel (Urban Camp) for Girl Scouts visiting Charleston.

The Girl Scouts undertook the effort to transform the facility, creating an architectural style that would appeal to girls and young women, while utilizing colors and materials that would not become dated.

With the mixed-use functions of retail, office and residential, this project is a vibrant addition to the emergent West Side community. The modern aesthetic of the facility will appeal to Girl Scouts and reflect the one of the Girl Scout’s Journeys “It’s Your World – Change It!”

Huntington East Middle School is located between W.Va. 60 and Norway Drive adjacent to the Cabell County Career and Technical Center. The facility combines the existing populations of Enslow Middle School and Beverly Hills Middle School.

The facility includes a new gymnasium, cafeteria with a stage, art, music, band, orchestra and science facilities. The new school houses 770 students.

The contemporary design is home to a middle school curriculum layout familiar throughout Cabell County Schools. The brick facade is accented with metal panels and highlighted with large amounts of glass that naturally light the classrooms. A curved corridor divides the building while slowly widening and developing into the Art Room, which features a large window that introduces natural light into the room and adjacent corridor. The curved exterior facade along the corridor is emphasized with copper finished metal panels.

Cabell County Schools is pursuing the LEED Silver Certification for the school. The building and curriculum will have 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams that will compete against each other in reducing energy consumption, which will be tracked throughout the year.

Additionally, the building itself will become a teaching tool. A pulper system was installed to not only consume kitchen waste but also all paper waste throughout the school. The students will be able to take this product and provide compost for the school’s vegetable gardens, which will provide additional produce for the “farm-to-table” program at the school. The facility includes a new gymnasium, cafeteria with a stage, art, music, band, orchestra and science facilities.

The Applied Technology Center is located at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Williamson Campus. The 22,000 squarfe foot facility houses a virtual welding shop, machine shop, mechatronics shop, a mining support program, administrative space and student support spaces and several allied health programs. The space is designed to maximize both flexibility and adaptability and reflects a modern, “high-tech” aesthetic while blending into the overall campus.

The large area for lab spaces is enhanced by black brick and surrounded by classrooms and support spaces highlighted by a curved glass wall with metal panel accents. The entrance is crafted with smooth metal panels and adjacent to textured patterned black brick construction to resemble coal. A wood trellis area sits on round concrete columns shading the glass walls of the Administration and acts as an area for student gatherings. The strong contrast between the metal and glass and the wood trellis works to strengthen the outside space for pedestrians.

The facility is the first step in the progression of a planned campus expansion that will ultimately include expanding the campus into the adjacent property. The school is completing a new campus master plan, with a focus on developing green space and a walkable campus.