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Secretary of Education Names Cameron High School a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
Hilltop Elementary School

2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees Announced
Posted: April 22, 2014

Award Honors Schools and Districts for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs; Improving Health; and Offering Environmental Education

Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to announce the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. Forty-eight schools were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. In addition, nine districts were honored for the District Sustainability Award.

Duncan and Boots made the announcement via webcast at the U.S. Department of Education, in Washington, D.C. Secretary Duncan also announced that a new post-secondary nomination category will be added to the school and district awards for the coming year.

"Today's honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green by encompassing facility, wellness and learning into their daily operations," said Secretary Duncan. "They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs, improve health, and engage students with hands-on learning that prepares them with the thinking skills necessary to be successful in college and careers."

"Schools all over the country can look to today's honorees as models for creating a healthier learning environment while lowering energy bills and preparing students for success in the 21st century economy," said Acting Chair Mike Boots. "The schools and districts being honored today are taking smart, innovative steps to reduce environmental impacts and teach students the kinds of sustainable practices that they can carry with them into their homes and future careers."

The schools were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 30 state education agencies. The list of selectees includes 39 public schools and nine private schools from 27 states. The public schools include ten early learning programs, three charter, one magnet and three career and technical schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 29 elementary, 16 middle and 18 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations. Twenty-one of the 2014 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body and 18 are rural. ...

West Virginia:
- Cameron Middle-High School, Cameron
- Eastwood Elementary School, Morgantown

For more information, contact the Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

For additional information on Cameron Middle / High School being named a U.S. Green Ribbon School, please take a look at these articles:

West Virginia Department of Education - State Board Honors Two W. Va. Schools Named National Green Ribbon Schools

The State Journal - Two schools recognized as Green Ribbon Schools

Cameron Middle-High School wins Highest Achievement from the West Virginia Department of Education's 2014 West Virginia Sustainable Schools program
Hilltop Elementary School

Schools Honored for Merging Education with the Environment
Posted: February 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Two West Virginia schools received top honors for their work connecting education and the environment.

Cameron Middle-High School in Marshall County and Eastwood Elementary School in Monongalia County were named West Virginia Sustainable Schools for their commitment to sustainable practices as well as integrating those practices into the curriculum and community.

Cameron Middle-High School received the Black Bear Award for High Achievement. Cameron is being recognized for proactive measures such as an extensive recycling program; a Farm to School program; and, innovative fitness and outdoor education programs...

Both schools are candidates for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council...

For more information, contact the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center is Featured in Architectural Portfolio Honoring Education Design Excellence

Stained Glass Window - 2013 AIA Craftsmanship Award for Excellence in Execution of Craft

J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center - Stage
J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center / Wheeling, WV

WHEELING, WV - The J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center at Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, West Virginia has been selected for publication in Penton Media's American School & University® 2013 Architectural Portfolio. The project is featured in the November 2013 edition of the magazine and also on the Web at An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today's most effective learning environments.
Click here to view the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center's page in the 2013 Architectural Portfolio Issue (Digital Edition)

The Ohio County Schools engaged the professional services of McKinley & Associates to complete this new 34,000 square foot J. B. Chambers Performing Arts Center as an addition to the front of Wheeling Park High School.

Following a series of project scoping sessions with faculty and administration, the theater was designed as a Gallery configuration with 2 Gallery levels. The Galleries are shallow, and wrap around in a crescent form, thus providing the audience with optimal proximity to the stage. This allows even the back row of ground floor seating to be within 100 feet of center stage, and enhances the acoustical performance of even the unplugged presentation of student voices.

Ground floor seating for 800 persons is formed by curved elevated tiers with open railings; the 2 upper galleries each seat 200, but are only 4 rows deep. Ground floor side-aisles provide direct level access to stage.

In response to Wheeling Park's unusual concentration on performing arts and theater technology, the project showcases various components not typically found in public school facilities. A lighting catwalk extends around the entire house perimeter to provide crew access during performance. An open-view lighting and audio booth is located at the back of the house. Touch screen computers operate 350 lighting and rigging circuits, and audio controls. In the center of audience seating, a mid-house mix workstation allows direct audio control operations during performance. All of these systems are utilized as hands-on training for the Theater Arts students.

Backstage, the 4,000 SF engineered stage floor system is supported by a full array of professional equipment, including a demountable orchestra shell and a suspended walk-able tension grid. A structural steel grid-iron loft above the stage provides crew access to the motorized rigging equipment and smoke control vents.

A 1500 SF Scene Shop is located behind the building. This high-bay studio provides open volume workshop space for set construction and doubles as an equipment staging space for the adjacent loading dock.

The Theater is linked to the existing school via a compact but dynamic 2-Story Lobby space. A monumental stair is the central feature connecting the open balcony of the upper Lobby to the curtainwall-glazed angular geometry of the ground floor. The oversized mid-point landing on this stair looks out onto the entry plaza on one side, and into the dramatic cascading hillside of the park on the other.

The J. B. Chambers Performing Arts Center opened in April of 2012.

A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country. One hundred forty-five projects were chosen for publication in AS&U, a monthly educational facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine reaching 57,000 facility planners, school and university administrators and architects with this issue. This is the 31st year the competition has been held.

When determining citation winners and other outstanding designs, this year's jury considered the following criteria. Spaces should be designed for collaboration. Facilities should by flexible and adaptable and should change with the times. Spaces should not have fixed labels, but should be designed for multiple uses and with movable walls. They should be open and welcoming, but designed with safety and security in mind. The technology should facilitate learning and respond to the changing landscape. There should be school identity. Students and the community should relate to the space and draw a connection, be proud of the space and have an investment in it. Indoor/outdoor connections are important. Students and staff should have the ability to see outside, form connections and relationships, and the technology should be accessible and seamless.

More information about the Architectural Portfolio, including a complete list of 2013 projects selected for publication, is available on American School & University's Web site, or by contacting Molly Roudebush, senior marketing manager, at 1-(913) 967-1959 or

Founded in 1928, American School & University is devoted exclusively to education facilities/business administration. The authority for information about the educational facilities market, AS&U delivers an insightful combination of exclusive reports, special focuses and how-to articles each month. For more information, please visit and American School & University is published by Penton.

J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center - Exterior

J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center - Gallery View

J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center - Lobby

Saving the Fort Henry Club
Fort Henry Club Rendering
Rendering of the Fort Henry Club / Wheeling, WV

McKinley & Associates is an entrepreneurial company investing in the community. Our firm is interested in expanding its development base throughout the region and will consider historically significant structures for adaptive reuse. Our most recent purchase is the historic Fort Henry Club building. We are excited to be a part of this and look forward to renovating this historic structure:

Demolition Won't Be a Fort Henry Club Option
Posted: September 25, 2013
By: IAN HICKS - Staff Writer, The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

"WHEELING - All options are on the table concerning future use of the former Fort Henry Club, its new owner said Tuesday.

All options, that is, except demolishing the historic downtown Wheeling building that for decades was home to one of the city's most exclusive social organizations before closing two years ago.

"A big part of our business is historic restoration," said Ernie Dellatorre, president of the architectural firm McKinley and Associates, which closed on its purchase of the building from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Friday. "That building's pretty significant to Wheeling, and we wanted to step up and save the building."

According to Dellatorre, use of the more than 160-year-old building at the corner of 14th and Chapline streets will depend on what types of tenants express interest in renting space there.

"All options are on the table, whether it's office space, living space, or whatever," he said, noting it would likely be one or the other, though a mixed use is possible. "The building is now available."...

...Although there's no shortage of space available for rent in downtown Wheeling, Dellatorre believes the former club's historic appeal and its location in the heart of the city's "financial district" between the City-County Building and the Federal Building will make it attractive to tenants.

"It's a great piece of property," he said."

West Virginia State Office Building in Logan is Dedicated
West Virginia State Office Building in Logan

The West Virginia State Office Building in Logan, West Virginia had its Dedication Ceremony on Friday, August 16th. We are proud to be the Architects/Engineers/Interior Designers of this 5-story building. This facility is something the town has been wanting for many years. The location in the center of town makes it an imposing feature that is expected to change the direction of the town. It is hoped that a new building downtown will encourage others to renovate and revitalize the area.

West Virginia State Office Building in Logan
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin with Ernie Dellatorre,
President, McKinley & Associates
Photo Credit: Governor's Office

W.Va. State Office Building at Logan dedicated
Posted: August 18, 2013
By: Debbie Rolen, Staff Writer / The Logan Banner

"... Sen. Joe Manchin was represented by Mike Browning, who read a greeting from Manchin.
'This project began on June 18, 2008, during my tenure as governor. I was as proud then as I am now to work with each of you to make this dream a reality. McKinley and Associates has designed not only a gorgeous building, but a facility that is practical for the citizens of this region. Massaro has built not only an impressive building, but a facility that will withstand the tests and trials of time. This building will provide services from various agencies under one roof.' ..."

West Virginia State Office Building in Logan

Congratulations Christina Schessler!
Stained Glass Window close-up at West Virginia State Office Building

McKinley & Associates would like to congratulate Christina Schessler, AIA, LEED AP BD+C who received her Masters Degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in 2012. Christina walked in the graduation ceremony and received her diploma in June of this year.

Stained Glass Window at the West Virginia State Office Building in Logan wins 2013 AIA Craftsmanship Award for Excellence in Execution of Craft
Stained Glass Window close-up at West Virginia State Office Building

Location: West Virginia State Office Building
Logan, West Virginia

Design: Thomas R. Worlledge, AIA

Craftsperson: Amanda Short, Amanda's Glass Art

Award: AIA Craftsmanship Award for Excellence in Execution of Craft

The West Virginia State Office Building reception area houses the stained glass dedicated to the culture and history of West Virginia and specifically Logan County. Elements include historical symbols to honor the prehistory era of the Native Americans, early settlers, government sites, miners and state culture.

The concept was to fabricate the window in the form of a historic "crazy" quilt and using as much glass from West Virginia Manufacturers as possible. The quilt used as the model was sewn from wool by Elizabeth Kobler circa 1778, Harpers Ferry, WV.

Symbols include:

West Virginia Mountains: seen on the mid to lower left, mountains forever.

Double Spearhead: Representative of the cultures of this area pre-history, upper right.

Double Mountains: Native American representation, center left.

West Virginia Quilt Star:
Focal point of the window, offset center.

Original Logan County Courthouse: Now gone from the landscape, lower left side.

Coal Tipple: Throughout the county and state, upper center.
The artist researched the history of the town and worked with the interior designer to choose colors that worked with the interiors and were available from glass manufacturers. The window was one of the largest the artist has ever built and required her to add additional reinforcement to the design. The window was assembled in smaller pieces and then placed together on a table specially built for the project. The window framing was modified to accept the artwork and to cover the piece with protective glazing. The stained glass window was installed on February 13, 2013.

Stained Glass Window - 2013 AIA Craftsmanship Award for Excellence in Execution of Craft

Stained Glass Window installed at West Virginia State Office Building

Patrick Rymer holds our purchase from the Marshall County Ham, Bacon & Egg Show & Sale
Patrick Rymer holds our purchase from the Marshall County Ham, Bacon & Egg Show & Sale

McKinley & Associates was excited to be the successful bidder for the purchase of a 26 lb. Yorkshire country cured ham, smoked and cured by a student from Cameron High School, at the Marshall County Ham, Bacon & Egg Show & Sale on March 6th. We also purchased a second ham, which we donated back to help with the Cameron FFA Scholarship Fund & Agricultural Education program.

McKinley & Associates was honored to have won 5 Placemakers Awards from West Virginia GreenWorks, at The Building Conference in Morgantown on February 2nd.
5 Placemaker Awards

One of our architects, Thomas Worlledge, won a 2013 Placemaker Award for Leadership, Inspiration, Stewardship.
In addition, our projects that won these inaugural awards included the Williamson Smart Office which won a 2013 Placemaker Award of Excellence (Unbuilt), Cameron High School which won a 2013 Placemaker Award for Innovation, Hilltop Elementary School which won a Placemaker Award for Leadership of/for Place, and NeD (Natural Energy Design) Office Building won a Placemaker Award for Innovation (Unbuilt)

Interactive public schools, private residences, unbuilt projects among winners

Posted: February 6, 2013

MORGANTOWN, WV - "West Virginia GreenWorks conferred 12 Placemaker Awards celebrating outstanding achievement and leadership in sustainable community and project design, Saturday, February 2, at the final event of The Building Conference in Morgantown...

To see complete descriptions and photographs of the winning entries, visit"

Congratulations Lisa DiCarlo!
Lisa DiCarlo
McKinley and Associates would like to congratulate Lisa DiCarlo who was recognized this year with the 13th Annual Employee of the Year Award, which consists of an all-expense paid trip to England!

For years, McKinley & Associates has been active in designing school safety features. This article examines two of our recent educational projects:

Older Schools Can Stay Safe With Renovations
Posted: Feb 06, 2013
By Ann Ali, Senior Political Reporter

"It's one thing for a newly constructed school to incorporate the latest in technology to keep students safe.
It's quite another (times two or three) for older schools to renovate or retrofit their features for students' safekeeping...
In Marshall County, the architects and engineers at McKinley & Associates are working on both ends of the spectrum, designing features for the recently opened Cameron High School and upgrading safety systems at John Marshall High School, which was designed in 1963. ..."

Congratulations to Thomas Worlledge on having his article published in West Virginia Executive magazine!
Thomas R. Worlledge, AIA, LEED AP, REFP
McKinley and Associates would like to congratulate Thomas Worlledge who has an article featured in West Virginia Executive magazine's ( Summer 2012 Issue: "The Smart Office: Using Sustainable Space to Reenergize an Economy."

"In the small town of Williamson, WV, something unique is happening in a tiny storefront office on Second Avenue. Situated next to the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce and located on the corner of the Mountaineer Hotel, the Smart Office is an exciting project that very well could be the most sustainable office space in Central Appalachia..."

The Smart Office: Using Sustainable Space to Reenergize an Economy
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The J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center, designed by Ray Winovich, was featured in a Special Advertising Section in WV Executive magazine!
Ray Winovich, RA
McKinley and Associates would like to congratulate Ray Winovich whose recently completed project, the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center, was featured in the Ohio County Schools' Special Advertising Section titled "Inspiring Dreams: Ohio County Schools" in West Virginia Executive magazine's ( Summer 2012 Issue:

"...The J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center is the premier facility of its kind in the Wheeling area. Professionally designed by McKinley and Associates as well as theatrical and acoustic consultants, the facility seats 1,200 people and is available for use by all public, private and parochial schools in the area. Colleges, universities and performing groups also will be invited to utilize the center..."

Inspiring Dreams: Ohio County Schools
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McKinley & Associates' rendering of the new Weirton Elementary School is featured in a Special Advertising Section in WV Executive magazine!
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools - Hilltop Elementary School

McKinley and Associates was excited to see our rendering for Hancock County Schools' new Weirton Elementary School, which is being designed by Gregg Dorfner, featured in the School Building Authority of West Virginia's Special Advertising Section in West Virginia Executive magazine's ( Summer 2012 Issue:

Special Advertising Section in West Virginia Executive magazine's Summer 2012 Issue
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McKinley & Associates' first LEED Certified school, Hilltop Elementary, made the news again!

LEEDing elementary school: a teaching lab
Posted: August 21, 2012
By Glynis Board / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

"As many students are headed back to school this week, some elementary students in the northern panhandle are enjoying the quiet benefits of attending West Virginia's first LEED-certified school--a school designed with not only their health in mind, but also the health of their future and their community...."

McKinley & Associates is proud to have been the Architects/Engineers of Orrick's Global Operations Center, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary!

Law firm's operations center helps revitalize West Virginia mill town
Posted: August 13, 2012
By Joyce Gannon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WHEELING, WV - "...The $13 million renovation project -- designed by McKinley & Associates Architects of Wheeling and Alliance Architecture of Annapolis, Md., and Durham, N.C. -- transformed a dilapidated structure in Wheeling's riverfront warehouse district into a round-the-clock service center with cutting-edge technology that pays tribute to its industrial past at every turn..."

Hilltop Elementary Awarded First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools - Hilltop Elementary School

78 Schools in 29 States and D.C. are Awarded First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Posted: April 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was joined today by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, a list including 78 schools that span 29 states and D.C.

The announcement was made during a visit to Stoddert Elementary School, one of D.C.'s two honorees.

"Science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments."

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011. Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating "green" environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.

"Schools that take a green approach cut costs on their utility bills, foster healthy and productive classrooms, and prepare students to thrive in the 21st century economy," said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "These Green Ribbon School award winners are taking outstanding steps to educate tomorrow's environmental leaders, and demonstrating how sustainability and environmental awareness make sense for the health of our students and our country."

The 78 awarded schools were named winners from among nearly 100 nominees submitted by 30 state education agencies, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education. More than 350 schools completed applications to their state education agencies. Among the list of winners are 66 public schools, including 8 charters, and 12 private schools. In total, the schools are composed of 43 elementary, 31 middle and 26 high schools with around 50 percent representing high poverty schools.

"These Green Ribbon Schools are giving students and educators what they need to maximize learning and minimize risks like asthma and other respiratory illnesses, ensuring that no child is burdened by pollution in or around their school," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Today's winners are protecting our children's health and opening up environmental education opportunities for students. The EPA is proud to help recognize the Green Ribbon award winners and will continue working to improve the environment of our nation's schools and helping prepare students to succeed in the emerging green economy."

A complete list of the 2012 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools can be found here:

More information on the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools can be found here:
Purpose of Green Ribbon Schools

Hilltop Elementary Wins Highest Achievement From West Virginia Department of Education
Hilltop Elementary School

W.Va. Schools Honored for Environmentally Sound Practices
Posted: April 17, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education has nominated three public schools and one private school to be considered for the U.S. Green Ribbon School Award honoring sound environmental practices. Four schools also were named inaugural West Virginia Sustainable Schools for their efforts.

The four schools nominated for the Green Ribbon program are Hilltop Elementary School in Marshall County; Musselman High School in Berkeley County; Wyoming County Career and Technical Center; and Our Lady of Fatima Parish School in Cabell County. Winners will be announced April 23 and honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 4.

In the state awards, Hilltop received the Black Bear Award for the Highest Achievement, while three other schools received the Maple Leaf Award for excellence in one content area: Musselman, Environmental and Sustainability Education; Wheeling Country Day School, Healthy School Environments, Wyoming County Career and Technical Center, Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency of the Facility.

"West Virginia schools are making great strides toward creating healthy environments in schools, including some that have become Energy Star schools for their conservation efforts" said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. "We want to recognize schools that strengthen that work by imbedding sustainability practices into all aspects of school life."

Both the federal and state programs recognize schools that exemplify a commitment to sustainable practices in their facilities. They also have worked to integrate those practices into the curriculum and helped build healthy and sustainable communities. All schools must meet rigorous standards in three criteria: environmental and sustainability education; healthy school environments; and environmental impact and energy efficiency of facilities.

Schools named West Virginia Sustainable Schools must agree to work to save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. The state program is a joint project of the West Virginia Department of Education; Canaan Valley Institute; the West Virginia School Building Authority; the U.S. Green Building Council, West Virginia Chapter; the West Virginia Environmental Education Association; the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; the West Virginia Division of Energy; McKinley and Associates; Green School Leadership Institute; and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The Green Ribbon Schools program is part of a U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security.

"Green schools and environmental literacy complement the goals of providing a well-rounded education for the 21st century, of modernizing schools at reduced costs, and of accelerating learning," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

For more information, contact the WVDE Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.

Congratulations Tim Mizer!
Tim E. Mizer, PE, RA, QCxP
McKinley and Associates would like to congratulate Tim Mizer who completed a week-long training, passed the Building Commissioning Association's examination, and is now certified as a Qualified Commissioning Process Provider (QCxP)!

Congratulations Christina Schessler!
Independence Hall
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia - Heritage Tourism Award

On September 23, 2011, The West Virginia Division of Culture & History, along with Christina Schessler from McKinley & Associates, were presented with the 2011 Heritage Tourism Award from the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. This award is in recognition of valuable contributions to historic preservation of Independence Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Hilltop Elementary School:
West Virginia's First LEED Certified School

Hilltop Elementary School
Hilltop Elementary School
(LEED Certified)

May 18, 2011
Hilltop Elementary School Achieves Prestigious LEED Certification

Summary: Hilltop Elementary School, in Marshall County, West Virginia, designed by McKinley & Associates architect Thom Worlledge, won the prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification, the first school in the State of West Virginia to achieve this national recognition.

Sherrard, West Virginia - McKinley & Associates announced today that its project, Hilltop Elementary School, is West Virginia's first to achieve LEED® Certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design, is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The standards are established by the U.S. Green Building Council; buildings are verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

The Marshall County School Board chose to seek certification of the school after hearing about the energy and environmental benefits a LEED school provides. When the decision to seek certification was made, the school had already been designed and awarded to a general contractor. "Fortunately few changes had to be made to the design because I incorporate LEED strategies in all my design work, believing that energy efficient green design is just good practice," said Thom Worlledge, the building's architect, "but it's good to have a third party recognize the achievement."

Hilltop Elementary is a rural Marshall County school housing 410 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The building was placed on an old football practice field behind an existing middle school. The design reflects the forms of the agricultural buildings close by and blends into the landscape. Hilltop Elementary achieved LEED certification by incorporating a variety of sustainable design strategies for energy efficiency, lighting, water use and material use. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment for students, teachers and the larger community.

"Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council. "Hilltop Elementary efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit generations to come."

Hilltop Elementary School - LEED Certified
For more information on Hilltop Elementary School, please take a look at these News articles:

WTOV9 - Marshall Co. Has First LEED-Certified School In State

WTRF-TV - Marshall County School Honored for Being Environmentally Friendly

Wheeling Intelligencer - Hilltop School Takes 'LEED'

Charleston Gazette - Marshall County school West Virginia's 'greenest'

Congratulations Patrick Rymer!
Patrick Rymer
McKinley and Associates would like to congratulate Patrick Rymer who passed all parts of his Architect's Registration Exams (ARE), and is now officially a licensed Architect in the State of West Virginia!

Building of America Network Honors Hilltop Elementary School
Hilltop Elementary School
Hilltop Elementary School

Southfield, MI - From hundreds of submitted projects, only the best have been selected as Building of America award winners. The award honors the country's most innovative, unique and challenging projects - projects that are particularly noteworthy and/or that give back to their respective communities. The Hilltop Elementary School project is now available for viewing online at the Building of America website.

The Building of America award-winning projects represent the best in new construction and renovation in a wide variety of categories, including commercial and retail, mixed-use, multifamily residential, government, transportation/infrastructure, health care, education, religion, historical restoration, and more. Submitted projects are reviewed by a selection committee that is looking for projects with unique design or construction elements; innovative solutions to challenges, including financing, environmental, zoning, etc.; efficient and cost-effective methods of planning and execution; and/or that have a significant economical impact on the region, among others.

The Building of America Network, created by Construction Communications, is an essential link, bringing owners together with the design and construction industry nationwide by profiling new construction and renovation projects in a case-study format. Owners can read, in the words of other owners, architects and general contractors, about the newest facilities joining the landscape in their respective region. More importantly, the case studies provide a tool to help owners learn from one another's experiences. The website combines more than 50,000 links and millions of searches each year.

With more than a decade of experience, The Building of America Network in partnership with Construction Communications, based in Southfield, Michigan, has been publishing since 1996. For more information about our company, how to submit a project for consideration and how you can get involved in future editions, visit or contact Dale Jaslove, publisher, 248-945-4700 ext. 127.

Congratulations Thomas Worlledge!
Thomas R. Worlledge, AIA, LEED AP, REFP
McKinley and Associates would like to congratulate Thomas Worlledge who was featured in Wonderful West Virginia magazine's Farm To Table 2009 Special Issue, "Little Green Schoolhouse Teaches the Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" by Andrea B. Bond.

"Even in the cold of winter, some buildings in West Virginia stay green year-round. These structures are designed to reduce energy costs while benefiting the environment and the community as a whole, a concept evident in the creation of the new Hilltop Elementary School in Marshall County."

Seconday School list
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Also, please take a look at the entire magazine here: where you may request a free hard copy of the magazine or view the full PDF.

Congratulations Christina Schessler!
Christina SchesslerLEED AP
McKinley and Associates would like to congratulate Christina Schessler who passed her LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification test in June 2009!

LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques, the LEED Green Building Rating System, and the certification process. The LEED AP program is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which was established with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to allow for objective, balanced management of the credentialing program.

Please visit our Sustainable Design page for more information.

Congratulations to the design team of our award-winning Charleston Office renovation!
McKinley & Associates Charleston Office
McKinley & Associates Office / Charleston, WV
(2009 AIA Merit Award Winner)

The sustainable renovations of the Charleston Area Alliance Building's warehouse in Charleston, WV, which was converted into a new office space, has received an 2009 Merit Award for Interiors from the West Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This project was led by our design team in the McKinley & Associates' Charleston Office!

Congratulations Gregg Dorfner and Thomas Worlledge!
Gregg DorfnerThom Worlledge
The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) has recognized the successful achievements and continual professional development efforts of Gregg Dorfner and Thom Worlledge, and has designated them as a Recognized Educational Facility Professionals (REFP)!