The Islamic Center of West Virginia wanted to expand their existing facilities in South Charleston, West Virginia.
Chapman Technical Group designed the addition to complement the original structure using traditional materials and forms including pointed arches, white brick, and plaster. The 13,000 SF addition and 4,000 SF renovation doubled the size of the original building, providing a new gymnasium, two gathering halls, 11 classrooms, a nursery, commercial kitchen and various support spaces unique to the Islamic community. A mezzanine will accommodate exercise equipment while providing a great view of the maple wood court. In the gym, diffused light flows through arched window which are protected by steel covers, crafted to evoke the image of stylized dogwood buds. Sound-proof doors and concrete walls keep the prayer hall a serene place.