oglebay hall & ming hsieh hall : west virginia university, morgantown, wv

elegant, sustainable ensemble of old and new

Client: West Virginia University

The project included full exterior and interior renovation of a vacant, deteriorated masonry building on the National Register, and a new lab and classroom building connected by a pedestrian bridge. Classrooms and seminar rooms for the top two floors of Oglebay Hall are now the home of WVU’s Forensic and Investigative Science Program and contain technology intensive teaching labs including Mitochondrial DNA labs. The lower two floors contain a mix of general purpose classrooms, labs, offices, and support spaces. Intensive mechanical systems were integrated into the building utilizing the existing attic and ventilation chimneys, avoiding any impact on the building’s historic exterior. New Ming Hsieh Hall contains a double height gathering space, two large lecture halls, and rooftop parking. The building has its own form and identity while playing a supporting role in the ensemble of new and old.

Oglebay Hall Size

50,000 s.f. renovation

Ming Hsieh Hall Size

16,000 new building

Construction Cost

$ 20,000,000 combined

Firm Responsibility

Architectural Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date



National Register Listed
LEED Certified


Civil Engineer

Pennoni Associates, Inc.

Landscape Architect

Pennoni Associates, Inc.

Structural Engineer

Atlantic Engineering Services

MEP Engineer

CJL Engineering

Construction Manager

The Massaro Company

Historic Preservation

Noble Preservation Services

Laboratory Consultant

McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, Inc.

Audio/Video/IT Services

The Sextant Group, Inc.

Lighting Design

Hilbish McGee Lighting Design


Massery Photography, Inc.

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