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July 16, 2014

New state office building progress continues

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia State Office Complex on Adams Street continues to progress closer to completion, as contractors and subcontractors work to get the building fully enclosed by November, when cold weather is likely to hit.

The five-story building is starting to take shape. During a site tour, Richard Forren, architect and principal with Omni Associates, the Fairmont architecture firm that designed the project, said that each side of the building will have its own look.

“Each elevation will be a little different from the other,” Forren said. “We don’t want it to be one massive structure.”

Many steps were taken to make the new building energy efficient. Forren said they are hoping the building will receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating, a rating indicating high energy efficiency. Features intended to improve the building’s energy efficiency include a recessed south wall, the use of only LED lights, a white sunlight reflective roof, and a low-energy ice storage system for cooling.

Find the full story in Thursday's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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