MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia Radio Corporation, West Virginia’s largest privately owned media firm, announced plans Tuesday morning to construct a new corporate headquarters building in downtown Morgantown.
The multi-million dollar project includes 3,900 square foot of new construction coupled with 10,800 square feet of renovation at 260 Spruce Street in Morgantown, formerly a Greer Industries newspaper printing facility until moving to Sabraton in 1968.
When complete the new building will house the corporate headquarters of West Virginia Radio Corporation – Pikewood Creative, the firm’s Emmy Award winning creative agency and post-production house – West Virginia Radio Corporation Interactive – and advanced audio/video talk show studios for the MetroNews Radio Network.
WVRC president Dale Miller said, “With our expanding radio operations throughout the state, the growth of our radio network and the increasing demand for Pikewood Creative’s high-end video work, it was time to build a permanent headquarters facility that employs both state-of-the-art technology and encourages creative collaboration.”
The building at 260 Spruce Street has been used most recently as the home of the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club. They will be moving next month to the former Woodburn School Building in Morgantown that was vacated when Eastwood School opened this spring.
Renovation of the 89-year-old building will include gutting the interior of the structure, window replacement, installation of new doors, modern HVAC systems, upgraded electrical services and installation of an elevator in the four-story building.
In making the announcement, WVRC chairman John Raese added, “We want to be respectful of the history and design of this great old building and are committed to returning it, as much as possible, to its original design and appearance”.
Raese’s grandfather, Herbert Greer, designed the original Morgantown New Dominion/Morgantown News building in the 1920s.
Lead architect and design supervisor John Sausen of Omni Associates said construction should take between seven and nine months.
Morgantown Mayor Jim Manilla and Mainstreet Morgantown executive director Terri Cutright attended the groundbreaking ceremonies.
West Virginia Radio Corporation is a division of Greer Industries and operates 26-radio stations across West Virginia and western Maryland as well as the 62-station MetroNews Radio Network.