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Building a Sense of Community: ZMM Architects & Engineers

Award-winning ZMM Architects & Engineers is known for responsive design and sustainability.

By Cindy Sanders on October 14, 2020

Advantage Valley
Charleston / Photo Courtesy of ZMM Architects & Engineers

Natural and rugged, stately and refined, traditional with a modern twist – diverse adjectives used to describe the Mountain State mirror the distinctive designs created by ZMM Architects & Engineers of Charleston

Launched in 1959, ZMM is an award-winning firm led by a new generation of owners who continue the commitment to responsive design and sustainability. 

“Anything that is building design-related, we can provide it,†explains ZMM Principal Adam Krason, AIA, LEED AP. 

He adds staff members have broad expertise in both ground-up builds and complex renovations covering every aspect from architectural design and mechanical systems to construction administration and interior furnishings. 

Charleston / Photo Courtesy of ZMM Architects & Engineers

The firm’s work has been recognized with 20 design awards over the last decade, the most recent being for the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. The $100 million, LEED silver-certified renovation and expansion drew from the surrounding topography to inform architectural concepts. 

“We put a lot of thought into the design and how it could reflect West Virginia and Charleston,†says Krason, adding one example is the exterior metal panels mimicking the rock faces of the mountains. 

“It’s one of our favorite kinds of projects,†he continues. “It has a clear economic benefit for the community, but it also improves the quality of life for our neighbors.”

That commitment to the community is exemplified both by the scope of projects across multiple industry sectors and by the firm’s support of cultural institutions such as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 

ZMM has been involved in rebuilding schools following the 2016 floods, breathing new life into the Clay Center for Arts & Sciences, creating the award-winning Cabell County Explorer Academy and numerous other projects that impact daily life.

Learn more at ZMM Architects & Engineers.

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