West Virginia State Capitol Master Plan and Renovations

Location: Charleston, WV

Completed in the early 1920s, the National Register Capitol building was designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. Since that time, it had grown from 12 acres to 54 acres housing 768,000 square feet. As the demands on the Capitol had grown and changed over decades, piecemeal chances had been made to address immediate problems. The result was that the beauty and functionality of Gilbert’s original design had been lost. The master plan restores the essence of Gilbert’s original design, while creating a framework for addressing future needs. Initial projects to implement the plan include renovation of 34 areas in the building, phased so as not to disrupt operations. While sensitive to the historic nature of the Capitol, renovations incorporate modern materials, high-tech engineering solutions, and state-of-the-art water-saving technologies.

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