Allegheny Design Services
is proud to have provided the structural engineering design for University Park, a new development in Morgantown, WV, that was delevered using the Design-Build delivery method.

University Park Open for Occupancy

The development consists of:

  • Oakland Hall, a dual tower dormitory
  • A mixed-use-building housing retail and apartments
  • A pair of multi-story apartment buildings

The design team included Paradigm Architects and the contractor was March-Westin, both of Morgantown.


Due to having 5 different structures built under one contract, the design effort was sequenced to accommodate the multi-building delivery. Total construction cost of the project was $73 million.

Site condition varied from shallow rock, to overburdened coal seams, to filled in stream beds. Foundation systems varied from spread footings, deep caissons to mat foundations. Each building consisted of structural steel framing with concrete deck floors.


The project is the third and final phase of the West Virginia University student housing master plan. The development will provide 1,300 beds, food services and retail. The project was provided through a public-private partnership between WVU and Glenmark Holdings LLC of Morgantown. The five structures total 434,104 square feet. Construction started in the winter of 2013 and is now ready for occupancy.

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Written by David Simpson, P.E., SECB, MBA, President, Principal Engineer

dave-simpson2David Simpson’s experience includes over 30 years in structural design and project management for industrial, commercial, institutional and nuclear/chemical facilities utilizing steel, concrete, masonry and wood. His accomplishments include design and construction administration of health care facilities, hotels, schools, shopping centers, aircraft hangars, numerous retail facilities and several forensic engineering assignments. He has professional registrations in D.C., Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Simpson graduated from the West Virginia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and an MBA from West Virginia University.