General Woodworking Makeover

WVU begins renovating old building

Morgantown Dominion Post
28 May 2011

A Monongahela River landmark is being spruced up and secured.
WVU has started work to make the old General Woodworking Co. building “tight and secure,” said Joe Patten, interim assistant vice president for WVU Facilities Management.

The building sits on the Westover side of the Mon River, across from Stansbury and Woodburn halls. The building is near the Westover Bridge.

Patten said crews will put on a new roof and replace windows and doors on the building. He said the facility will also get a new paint job.

The work is a summer project with a cost of roughly $600,000, Patten said.

The building will be used as storage for WVU, he said. At this point no decision has been made on what exactly will be kept at the facility, Patten said.

The old General Woodworking Co., opened in 1924 and closed in 1999. It offered building supplies, cabinets, mill work and lumber.

WVU purchased the property in 2010. Crews demolished a few buildings on the site, but left the main concrete structure.