Project Highlights

  • First school in the United States to be constructed of Cross-Laminated Timbers (CLT); engineered solid structural wood panels comprising the floor, walls and roof.
  • First Design-Build new-construction project funded by the WVSBA.
  • Featured in a WoodWorks Case Study. Check "Project Links" in the side bar to read more.
  • Project was awarded a 2016 WV AIA Merit Award for Innovation

Located in the historic town of Franklin, WV, the new Franklin Elementary School is a two-story, 45,200 square foot structure designed for 290 students in grades Pre-K through Sixth. The Colonial design of the school reflects the historic character of the surrounding buildings, with red brick walls accented with beige brick soldier courses and quoins, white columns at the gabled main canopy, and white windows with divided panes, stone sills and keystones. The new school is designed and placed on the site to allow for future expansion of up to eight classrooms.

Not only is Franklin Elementary the first new school funded by the West Virginia School Building Authority under the Design-Build method of construction, but it is also the first school in the United States to be constructed of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). Fabricated using wood planks stacked at right angles and bonded with structural adhesives, the solid wood CLT panels incorporate the floors, walls and roof of the new school. The benefits of CLT include exceptional strength, excellent fire resistance, enhanced speed of construction, and energy savings due to its mass and precise factory production, preventing air infiltration.


MSES professionals provided planning, design and construction period services for this project in the following roles:
Pam Wean, Architect-of-Record, Senior Project Architect
Stacey Bowers, Project Architect
Casey Smith, Intern Architect
David Skeen, Mechanical Engineer
David Kirby, Electrical Engineer
Rod Kidd, Civil Engineer

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