Lombardi earns AIA design honors

FOLLANSBEE – Lombardi Development took home three of the eight architectural design awards for 2013 from the American Institute of Architects-West Virginia.

The awards were announced at the AIA-W.Va.’s 35th-annual Design Awards Gala and Scholarship Benefit recently in Charleston.

Lombardi, a general contractor known for partnering with design professionals on high-caliber new builds and renovations, claimed merit awards for achievement in architecture for the work it did on the Raleigh County Judicial Center in Beckley, as well as two separate projects – one overall and one interior – at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the Fairmont State University campus in Fairmont.

Lombardi President Paul M. Lombardi II said the award-winning buildings “testify to our success in partnering with architects and building owners in developing structures of beauty and utility.”

The firm has offices in Follansbee and Morgantown.

Designed by Charleston-based architects Silling Associates Inc., the Raleigh County Judicial Center, 222 Main St., Beckley, was dedicated in April 2012. The $17.5 million building consolidates circuit, magistrate and family courts into one secure structure adjacent to the county courthouse. Lombardi fitted out the building’s interior, including state-of-the-art courtrooms, offices, restrooms and hallways.

Separate awards for overall and interior design were given to projects designed by Clarksburg architects WYK Associates Inc. for the Folklife Center, located at 1201 Locust Ave., Fairmont. A building addition with pergolas was honored for overall design, while a second-floor renovation was picked for its interior design.

Originally built in 1903 as a stone bard on the Michael Kennedy dairy farm, the Folklife Center building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Following years of neglect and fire damage, the building required extensive restoration before it could house the new Folklife Center.

The $1.37 million project, done in phases, required Lombardi to strengthen the roof bracing as a part of the second-floor renovation and build a first-floor classroom addition and exterior pergolas. The second-floor renovation, with soaring ceilings, hardwood floors and barn siding, recreates the open structure of the barn and provides both exhibit and multi-use space, according to officials.

The Folklife Center is one of several Fairmont State projects completed by Lombardi, whose educational portfolio also includes multiple projects for Bethany College and West Virginia University, as well as elementary and high school buildings.

“Over the past several years, Fairmont State University has formed a lasting partnership with Lombardi Development,” said James B. Decker, former assistant vice president for facilities and capital projects at the institution. “We have grown to rely on their professional workmanship and strong foundation to build high quality projects.”