A unique concept for showcasing handcrafts, fine art and regional cuisine, Tamarack is comprised of more than 59,000 square feet of retail space, working studios for six resident artisans, a fine art gallery, a theater and “A Taste of West Virginia” food court with an additional 22,500 square feet of meeting space in the Tamarack Conference Center. Located in Beckley, W.Va., Tamarack was a bold idea by a visionary West
Virginia governor to showcase all of his state’s offerings. With an arresting, innovative and eminently functional design, the building is circular in form and resides below a roof structure that is based on the pattern of a star quilt. To remain true to the vision for the facility, artisans were also involved in the construction of Tamarack. West Virginia artisans created structural elements to bring their handcrafted works into the facility. The steel frame of the roof structure presented numerous challenges. The majority of the steel beams are sloped, skewed and canted to accommodate the star quilt shapes. A full size mock-up of one bay of the roof was constructed in the steel fabricator’s yard so that the complex geometry could be fine-tuned prior to the on-site erection. The $20 million dollar facility located in the Appalachian mountain range hosts more than a half a million visitors a year.