Selected in a design competition, IKM was commissioned to program, plan and design a new Alumni Center for West Virginia University. Two months of intensive effort by members of the Alumni Center Task Force and the design team culminated in a comprehensive program and schematic design.
IKM recently completed the adaptive reuse of the Carnegie Alumni Center on Grove City College’s lower campus. Set on Broad Street and a vital part of the downtown Grove City area, the Carnegie Hall building keeps its overall personality of Early 20th Century architecture while upgrades include an improved welcoming and reception, more administrative office space and a space to showcase the history of the College.
This 16,118 gross square foot facility located in Athens, West Virginia, provided a transition between the University campus and the surrounding woodlands. As an alumni center and chapel, this building must be both a part of the campus and a retreat from it. The architecture resolves this dichotomy by including elements present in the campus, such as the same stone and brick used elsewhere, while providing spaces that are detached from the campus and open to the woods.