West Virginia State – D. Stephen and Diane H. Walker Convocation Center Renovation and Addition
This renovation and addition to Fleming Hall doubles the current space to 70,000 square feet. The project includes the addition of a 36,000 square foot multi-purpose arena with seating for 2,500 people which can be used for convocations, athletic events and other activities. The addition includes locker rooms, training rooms and coaches offices for multiple sports. The project also includes a renovation of 34,000 square feet of existing space and converts the existing 1,200-seat basketball gym into a competition space for volleyball and other sports. In addition, the facility is outfitted with state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.
The southern third of the addition is constructed above a fly ash spoil fill area and the entire site rests above weak soils. The foundations are augur cast piles. The basketball floor and all foundations to the south are 18” diameter, 75-ton augur cast bearing on rock. The foundations and piles north of the arena floor are 18” diameter, 45-ton friction piles.
The arena space is approximately 118 feet by 143 feet with a column-free roof structure. Twenty inch deep steel joists span approximately 30 feet to 120 inch deep joist girders spanning 118 feet. The four edges of the space are supported by story-deep steel trusses.