CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When visitors come to Charleston for conventions, concerts and other events, they often don’t have a chance to experience the city’s charisma to the fullest extent, city officials say.
They believe the Civic Center’s major facelift and renovation project will show out-of-towners just what the Mountain State has to offer.
The Civic Center, first opened in 1958, has undergone various additions and upgrades over the decades; the ongoing project’s $87 million price tag will help transform not only the center, but also the site surrounding it.
A cornerstone of the facility’s redesign is making the architecture cohesive with the state’s topography, such as adding cut rock walls.
“You’re going to see a lot of elements that look like stone faces in terms of color and materials,” Civic Center General Manager John Robertson said.
“We want people who come into Charleston to attend functions to at least develop a feel for who and what we are,” he said. He said he hopes to further express that notion through installing public art throughout the facility…