Fairmont gets boost from new state office building

An editorial from The Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Did you notice the special section wrapped around today’s edition of the Times West Virginian?

The commemorative section, full of stories and photographs, features eight pages about the grand opening of the new West Virginia State Office Building in downtown Fairmont.

 If you haven’t driven through the downtown area lately, it’s certainly worth the trip to see this latest addition. The building adds a sleek and modern look to the downtown landscape. And even though it’s unfortunate that historical buildings at the 400 block of Adams Street — such as the Fairmont Theater — couldn’t be saved as preparation for the new structure began, the state complex is a marked improvement over the rundown buildings that previously occupied those lots.

It totals five floors and houses nine agencies, occupying 70,800 square feet of space. The building has achieved LEED Gold certification for its energy efficiency and its footprint on the environment, which denotes its ability to save money and resources by existing as a “green building.”

Some of the offices within the building are Department of Health and Human Resources, WorkForce West Virginia, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Offices of the Insurance Commissioner, General Services Division and Secretary of State.

Of course, the transformation didn’t happen overnight…


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