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Pickering Grows Project Management Team

The Mid-Ohio Valley’s premier Architecture, Engineering and Surveying firm recently expanded their Project Management team and promoted new leadership from within the company.

Mark WelchPickering Associates is proud to announce that Mark Welch, PE, is taking on a new role within the Project Management group. Mark is a Professional Engineer that has been with Pickering for over 11 years and has previously been serving as the Civil & Structural Engineering Manager. Mark will now be moving into a new role that will utilize his talents to manage large projects for both industrial and commercial applications.  After obtaining his Master’s in Engineering Management, Mark will also bring the skills and knowledge obtained through training and years of experience to assist in the growth of the Pickering Associates Project Management Office.

 “I’m excited to serve in this role because I have learned that communication and creating a strong relationship with our clients is a very key part of a successful project,” said Mark. “In this new role, I will be able to utilize my skills and focus on client relationships, project management, and will be able to help lead the company for years to come.”

Zac CampbellZac Campbell, PMP, is also taking on a new role within the Project Management group. Zac is currently the Electrical and Controls Systems Engineering Manager and has been with Pickering for over nine years.  He leads a team of engineers that provide electrical and controls system engineering expertise to industrial, commercial and institutional accounts.  After obtaining his Master’s in Engineering Management and Project Management Professional certification, Zac began to focus on growing his skills as a Project Manager also.  Zac will be bringing the skills and knowledge obtained through training and years of experience to assist in the growth of the Pickering Associates Project Management Office.

“I am excited to be able to bring the concepts and standards of delivery taught through the PMP and adapt them to the Pickering Associates methods that have already been so successful over the years,” exclaimed Zac. “With this new role, I feel it will allow me to have a more hands on approach with our clients, and in the end develop a consistent, quality project in all of our business sectors.”

Nick ArnoldPickering Associates is also excited to announce that Nick Arnold is stepping up as BIM (Building Information Modeling) Coordinator and will take the lead in facilitating cross-discipline model integration. Nick has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Miami University of Ohio and is currently pursuing a Masters in Technology Management at Marshall University. Nick has been with Pickering Associates for more than nine years, directing the 3D printing and 3D scanning resources and being involved with a variety of industrial and commercial jobs.

“This position will enable me to help our design team build a clearer picture of their designs much earlier in the project timeline,” Nick explained. “Having this clarity early on in the project lets our clients make higher value design decisions from the start where they have the most potential to save time and cost. This BIM Coordinator role is one way Pickering Associates is offering clearer communication of goals, deeper conversations around the design itself and ultimately accelerated project delivery.”

All three positions within the Project Management team allow Pickering Associates to improve project delivery and ensure all projects are completed with quality and consistency.


Pickering Associates is a well-aligned team of professional architects, engineers and surveyors with a diverse depth and breadth of knowledge.  Established in 1988, Pickering Associates was founded as an engineering company that has developed into an integrated architecture, engineering and surveying firm providing services to education, government, healthcare, industrial, oil & gas and private sector clients.

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Lafayette Plaza Library Renovation Complete

The Lafayette Plaza Public Library, formerly an Advantage Bank Building, is the newest addition to the Washington County Public Library family.

The Lafayette Plaza branch is a full service library featuring a drive-up window for library card holders to pick up reserved items, six public use computers, a color printer/scanner/copier, and a collection of popular books for children and adults. The location is unique to the library system as the entire contents are a browsing collection consisting of best sellers in various formats. Behind the library is a brand new garage housing the library’s Book Mobile, and in front sits a fully-stocked Little Free Library. While the selection is no comparison to the main branch on Fifth Street, the Lafayette Plaza offers the convenience of being able to easily pick up books and access all of the same amenities.

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“The new library branch offers easier access for many of our patrons, with plenty of parking, a convenient drive-thru, and no stairs,” says Justin Mayo, WCPL Director.

Pickering Associates team, led by Architect Barry Ingham, worked with Justin Mayo and the Washington County Public Library team on the design of the garage and renovation of the existing facility. Wolf Creek Construction out of Waterford, OH was hired to complete the construction. After months of work, the library is excited to welcome the public into their new space.

The WPCL is hosting the Grand Opening of the new Lafayette Plaza Library this Saturday, May 6th from 12-2pm at 748 Pike Street in Marietta. There will be food, giveaways, and a chance to tour the renovated building, check out materials, as well as see the bookmobile and garage.

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Pickering Associates is a well-aligned team of professionals with a diverse depth and breadth of knowledge. Established in 1988, Pickering Associates was founded as an engineering company that has developed into an integrated architecture, engineering and surveying firm providing services to education, government, healthcare, industrial, oil & gas and private sector clients.

Photography by the talented Nate Knobel of Knobel Photography

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Williamstown Bank Renovations Complete

Pickering Associates recently completed the design for the renovation of Williamtown Bank’s location on East Seventh Street in Parkersburg, WV. The renovated building includes a new entrance, a waiting area with coffee bar, a larger teller and work area, a cash room, a new ADA compliant restroom, storage, and four new offices. On the second floor, new offices and work areas were added and the employee breakroom was updated with new finishes and casework. The building’s exterior was modernized with a new glass entry vestibule, new drive-thru canopy soffits and lighting, new metal siding, and exterior lighting upgrades.

Traci Stotts, AIA, worked with the Bank to design a new layout that accommodated all of their needs. “We provided an updated and more modern look for the bank, which also allows them to better serve their customers,” said Traci.

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Pickering Associates is a well-aligned team of professional architects, engineers and surveyors with a diverse depth and breadth of knowledge.  Established in 1988, Pickering Associates was founded as an engineering company that has developed into an integrated architecture, engineering and surveying firm providing services to education, government, healthcare, industrial, oil & gas and private sector clients.

 

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New Innovation Center at University of Charleston Complete

The Russell & Martha Wehrle Innovation Center and The H. Bernard Wehrle, Sr. Athletic Arena was designed as a $16+ million renovation of the existing gymnasium with the addition of an innovation center. The new facility houses over 70,000 square foot on the owner’s campus and marries the old facility with the new addition, while remaining true to its heritage and blending within the fabric of the campus. This project also was the capstone project to a $100 million campaign to expand and renovate the campus and facilities available to the students and facility.

The original gym, completed in 1947, posed many challenges to the design and construction teams in order to bring the 70 year old building up-to-date while incorporating it into a modern building to be used for many years to come. The renovation of the gym required rotating the orientation of the main gym floor and bleachers from an East/West to North/South configuration. The renovations included providing all new bleachers, state of the art technology integration, new sports equipment, while also introducing an interior observation platform which serves as a walking track during normal days.  The supporting facilities which include both team and visitor lockers rooms were also completely renovated and updated.  The existing building’s mechanical and electrical systems were completely removed and replaced to support the expanded building’s operational needs.

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“From the standpoint of athletics, this facility will serve as an excellent recruitment opportunity, provide state of the art training facility for basketball and volleyball, and provide the coaches and staff a new home from which they can push the University’s teams forward,” says Project Architect, Charles Keefer, AIA. ” From the standpoint of the students, this facility provides new technologies, new research and development opportunities and spaces for students to progress their education and abilities.  The center provides the necessary bridge for the University of Charleston to push students from excelling in education to becoming true innovators within their fields of study.”

The Innovation Center is the center point and focus of the addition to the existing facility and ties the existing building façade into the new campus framework while pulling familiar elements from the existing campus. The Innovation Center provides students and facility with an Inspiration Area, Reflection Area, Creation Area, and Learning Area which provide complete space flexibility, technology integration that includes 3D printers, large wall mounted touch screen computer systems and a 3×3 display wall which can function as one large screen or 9 separate monitors. The spaces are designed with a completely open concept leaving exposed structures and support systems visible within the space while still providing space layouts using flexible furniture designs that allow rooms to function within smaller pods or a large instructional area.  The facility also provides offices for the Innovation Center Director, Athletic Director, coaches/staff and meeting rooms to support the gymnasium.

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The key focal point of the exterior building design carries visitors into the main entry atrium which showcases a ribbon wall of displays, large expanses of glass walls, a custom design 3-ring LED lighting fixture, and a terrazzo floor design with the owner’s logo embedded; creates a vibrant connection between the new construction and the existing facility while serving both the innovation center and the gymnasium.

In keeping with the focus of the building and the owner’s mission, every part of the building is equipped with cutting edge technology to enhance both the student’s innovation and imagination while providing visitors with a stunning experience. In addition, the project truly captures the owner’s focus to be a leader in innovation while remaining a great steward of the resources granted to them.

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Pickering Associates is a well-aligned team of professional architects, engineers and surveyors with a diverse depth and breadth of knowledge.  Established in 1988, Pickering Associates was founded as an engineering company that has developed into an integrated architecture, engineering and surveying firm providing services to education, government, healthcare, industrial, oil & gas and private sector clients.

Pickering Promotes New Leadership

Pickering Associates is proud to announce Spencer Kimble, PE, as the new Civil Engineering Department Manager. After earning his B.S. in Civil Engineering at West Virginia University in 2005, Kimble worked with the WV Division of Highways for six years before joining the Pickering Associates team, gaining valuable experience in construction and design. A native of Tyler County, WV, Kimble became a Professional Engineer in 2011 and is currently registered in West Virginia and Ohio.

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 “This new role is a blessing,” says Kimble. “Over the past five years, I have had an opportunity to work with some amazing people on our projects. Their vision and willingness to invest in our community is truly inspiring. At Pickering Associates, we love to be able to perform a large portion of our projects here in the Ohio Valley where we live and work.”

Eric Smith, PE, is stepping up as the new Structural Engineering Department Manager. A Parkersburg native and a graduate from Parkersburg South High School, Smith graduated from West Virginia University in 2005 with his B.S. in Civil Engineering.

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“I grew up working on farms where I learned a work ethic of working hard,” says Smith. “During college I worked for Lock One Inc. as an intern and later became a full time employee as a Civil Engineer while focusing mainly on structural design.”

Smith joined the Pickering team in 2011 when Lock One merged with Pickering Associates. “I have been a structural engineer on multiple projects from heavy industrial to commercial, both large and small – most of which have been constructed here locally. I am going into a position that is allowing me to work with a great team. Your team is what makes you a success, and I look forward to guiding the structural team and pushing our company forward.”

Both Spencer and Eric are currently enrolled in a Masters of Science in engineering program at Marshall University.

Pickering Associates is a well-aligned team of professional architects, engineers and surveyors with a diverse depth and breadth of knowledge.  Established in 1988, Pickering Associates was founded as an engineering company that has developed into an integrated architecture, engineering and surveying firm providing services to education, government, healthcare, industrial, oil & gas and private sector clients.