Strada designed the comprehensive master plan for the West Virginia University’s College of Law, the second phase of which was a transformative new addition and renovation. The completion of this phase in Spring 2014 has already elevated the school’s capabilities as well as its public image. The new 30,000-SF addition to the east side of the existing building forms a grand new entry that addresses the WVU campus. Adjoining the entry colonnade is a new green roof terrace where students and faculty can gather. Inside, new spaces have enhanced many important functions for the school.
Coming in through the dramatic colonnade, one finds the main building corridor, a central social gathering space for students. To the left, a corridor of state-of-the-art classrooms captures dramatic views towards the stadium and provides venues for students to collaborate, study, and rehearse being in the courtroom. At right upon entry is the new Dean’s Suite, with a refined reception area and private offices for the school’s leadership. A spacious conference room one floor above looks through the colonnade towards the campus and mountains beyond.
Photos courtesy of Dennis Marsico and Landau Building Company
– Gregory W. Bowman, Interim Dean, WVU College of Law