Project Description


Marshall University – New Aviation Program
Charleston, WV

L.R. Kimball provided options for a Master Plan to reflect future aspirations of Marshall University for a School of Aviation program at Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV and Tri-State Airport in Huntington, WV. The University is planning to split their program into two parts: An Aviation Maintenance Technology program focused on fixed wing and rotor maintenance at Tri-State Airport and a Flight School based at Yeager Airport. A student residence is intended to provide housing at the South Charleston campus to support first-year students.  This project involved the following:

Program – Site Analyses and Building Spaces:

  • Our work included confirmation of building locations and sizes. The Aviation Technology program is to be located in a former Armory building which would be renovated to accommodate lab space, classrooms and offices. The Flight School consists of two new buildings – a 12,000 SF Hangar and an adjacent 10,000 SF Classroom Building. The study also included programming and concept plans for a Student Residence for 50 students located adjacent to existing parking at the South Charleston campus. Concept plans included housing and food service requirements and limitations of the site grades, access and vehicle circulations.

Conceptual Studies:

  • Building survey of existing building to be renovated
  • Diagrammatic layouts and proposed building plans
  • Simple massing models showing approximate volumetric description of the new building(s)
  • Rough order of magnitude cost estimates
  • Schedules that outlined key milestones for design and construction


  • Marshall University, in conjunction with Yeager Airport, intends to build a new Hangar and Classroom Building to house the Bill Noe Flight School as part of the new School of Aviation program scheduled to start in the Fall of 2021.
  • The 10,600 SF Classroom Building includes three classrooms, a large multi-purpose room, a flight simulation room, offices, a gaming room, two pilot planning areas and a large lounge space with collaborative seating and a fireplace and other support spaces.
  • The 12,000 SF Hangar has space to store up to seven planes which will serve Marshall University well into the future.
  • An addition is planned for the Classroom Building for additional classroom space and a second hangar can be constructed on the site as well as additional parking to allow for the program to expand in the future.

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