Mills Group Awards Pro-bono Conceptual Architectural Services
Aug 15 2022 — Monday
This year marks West Virginia’s 159th birthday. In celebration of West Virginia receiving its statehood, Mills Group offered free conceptual design services to public entities and non-profits that are working to improve their community through architecture, preservation, and planning efforts within the state.
“This offer of pro-bono services is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the communities that have supported our growth and success over the past 15 years,” says Managing Principal Michael Mills. “We truly believe that great design makes for great communities, and by doing this, we can help make a difference in West Virginia.”
Mills Group selected one project from each of the following regions: Mountaineer Country, Northern Panhandle, and Eastern Panhandle.
The Morgantown Public Library System is the winner from the Mountaineer Country region of the state for the relocation and construction of a new Clinton District Public Library. Mills Group will be assisting with conceptual layouts for the new branch to help the client drive their fundraising and property acquisition efforts. The Clinton District Public Library will provide a community space that is welcoming, inclusive, and encourages exploration and discovery through books, shared space, and experiences.
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is the winner from the Northern Panhandle region for the Wheeling Catholic Central High School Gymnasium Addition. Mills Group will be developing a conceptual design for the Gymnasium Addition to provide ADA accessibility and restrooms, and to provide additional space for all sporting programs to eliminate the need of using off-site properties.
Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM) is the winner from the Eastern Panhandle region for the construction of a new Community Service center in Ranson. Mills Group will be developing master plan and conceptual floor plans with supporting renderings. Currently, JCCM’s Cold Weather Shelter is hosted by several rotating Jefferson County churches. The new Community Services Center will serve as the official Cold Weather Shelter in the winter months to alleviate these churches and provide a fixed location for the shelter moving forward.