WVU Mountaineer Station
Owner: WVU Transportation and Parking
Cost: $14.9 Million
Size: 500 Spaces
Contractor: The March Westin Company
A State of West Virginia Design-Build Competition featuring a 500-car parking garage, bus drop-off area/lounge and toilets, retail space, and office areas for the West Virginia University Parking Authority. The facility is designed to connect to the Public Rapid Transit Station and can be expanded both vertically and horizontally to accommodate a total of 1,500 vehicles. Key elements include: parking for 500 vehicles, bus stops for community and campus lines, bicycle storage and showers, lobby/lounges for commuter students, retail, and Administration Offices for the WVU Parking Authority. The facility provides ADA accessible access to the PRT Station by way of stairs, elevators, and pedestrian bridge.
A roughly two-acre hillside site on the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University, the site is defined by the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Station and associated tracks to the east and an irregular boundary established by the campus steamline right-of-way to the west.
The final design establishes an axis in line with the PRT. This serves as the pedestrian connection from entrance to the PRT Station via monumental stair and elevator. The five-story parking garage is situated in the hillside parallel to the PRT tracks. The remaining program functions are organized in a building which is rotated to align with the angle of the right-of-way boundary. This arrangement provides for the addition of a future parking structure to the north. Building components are further defined by different brick colors. Glass curtainwall tower defines entrance and emphasizes the pedestrian pathway through the facility.