Berkeley County Judicial Center

DATE: 2006
LOCATION: Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA
OLD USE: Woolen mill, Outlet mall, Community and technical college
NEW USE: Art museum


History

This historic complex in downtown Martinsburg, West Virginia, has gone through numerous adaptations. Originally built in phases from 1917 to 1927, the U-shaped structure was constructed of brick and heavy timber and first served as a woolen mill. After the mill was shut down, it was converted into an outlet mall in the 1980s as a shopping destination for the local community. The outlet mall however did not succeed and the complex again went through another rebirth as a community and technical college.[1]

(Re)Developer

The Berkeley County Commission serves as the governmental agency for Berkeley County, West Virginia.

AECOM provides professional technical and management support services in: architecture, building engineering, design and planning, economics, energy, environment, government, program management, transportation, and water. It has offices around the world.[2]

Brechbill and Helman Construction Company, Inc. has served the construction industry for over 40 years working in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.[3]

Outcome

The abandoned Blue Ridge Outlet Mall complex in downtown Martinsburg was adapted by AECOM in order to consolidate the judicial operations of Berkeley County. Its location in downtown meant the adaptation needed to respect the original structure as well as the scale of the surrounding area.

The industrial history is maintained through the original brick exterior walls while a new protruding glass entrance was incorporated to fill in the U-shape and make for a larger usable floor plate. A three-story light well was added to bring natural light in through the building as well as establish a grand public space.

In addition to revitalizing the abandoned building, the renovation also allows for future growth and expansion of the facility at the location. “The success of this project has been fully realized in witnessing the revitalization that has occurred in the surrounding community.”[4]

[1]AECOM
[2]AECOM
[3]Brechbill and Helman
[4]AECOM

Images courtesy of Erik Svensson and AECOM.