By ALAN J. ORTBALS
Woolpert was the full-service design team for the placement, analysis and design of the new Student Center at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va. The 67-acre campus was the former home of the Greenbrier Military School, which was built in the early 1800s. Construction of the Student Center was just completed, and a grand opening ceremony is scheduled for the end of August.
The Student Center is a freestanding 60,000-square-foot, two-story building. It is comprised of food service space, student study and recreational lounges, technology support areas, and student organization locations on its lower level, and a multipurpose meeting space for up to 1,000 people attending school and community events on the upper level. The upper level also features the president’s parlor, and is connected to the lower level by a sweeping circular stairway. Intended to be the physical and symbolic “heart” of the campus, this signature building features an iconic clock tower that anchors the structure and serves as a beacon to the Lewisburg community.
Woolpert’s design team leveraged its advanced technology and building information modeling to successfully coordinate and complete this project from multiple offices. The Student Center is the latest in series of projects with which Woolpert has assisted the school over the last five years.
“These new projects represent important opportunities for WVSOM, improving our capability to offer innovative medical education to future generations of students and enhancing our ability to bring people together for interprofessional education, alumni networking events, student fund-raisers and more,” said school President Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D.