Architecture Students Compete with Design Plans for Downtown Fairmont

Friday, November 30, 2012

The City of Fairmont, the Urban Renewal Authority, Marion County and Fairmont State University are collaborating on student competition that will yield design ideas for the redevelopment of the block around the Masonic Temple building in historic downtown Fairmont.

Nine senior FSU Architecture students in the Design 5 class taught by Associate Professor Philip Freeman--Michelle Brown, D’Angelo Castro, Sherry Hamilton, Yun Oh Kim, Steve Kingston, Kenny Levick, Atanas Medolev, Elizabeth Russell and CJ Smith--are competing for the best design presentation. The students have been challenged to develop design concepts that create a dynamic, open, culturally accepting environment to assist in the redevelopment of the building and the immediately surrounding area adjacent to Jefferson Street. 

“This unique opportunity allows the City of Fairmont to showcase itself as a forward thinking city that is willing to highlight its historic architecture and its development opportunities, as well as a city that celebrates the talented students attending Fairmont State University,” Freeman said.

The student design concepts will be on display in the Marion County Courthouse on Adams Street for Community Choice selections from Monday, Dec. 3, through Friday, Dec. 7. The public can vote on their favorite design.

The students will give presentations about their designs at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Public Safety Building, 500 Quincy St., Fairmont. A panel of four judges—Dr. Jack Kirby, Associate Provost at FSU; architect Michael Mills; Patrick Kirby of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center; and Blair Montgomery of the URA--will review the presentations and select a $1,000 first-place, a $500 second-place winner and a $250 Community Choice award.

An awards presentation is planned for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Firehouse Café, 323 Adams St., Fairmont. Those who would like to attend these events should RSVP to Mark Miller, Program Manager for the City of Fairmont, at (304) 366-6211, Ext. 333, or e-mail planning@fairmontwv.gov.

For more information about the Architecture program at FSU, click here.