At McKinley Architecture and Engineering, we pride ourselves on being the best. Clients choose us for their design projects because they want to have the confidence that comes from working with an industry leader. They trust McKinley Architecture and Engineering to get projects done right, within budget and on schedule. That’s because the firm’s highly experienced, diversified staff is equipped with the latest technology and is on the job from start to finish.

We’re different because we’ve structured ourselves to make communication easier…the architects and engineers work side by side, offering you more speed and flexibility. Better communication also allows for more efficient financial management.

Currently, McKinley Architecture and Engineering has offices in Wheeling, WV; Charleston, WV; Martinsburg, WV; and Pittsburgh, PA, with architects, engineers, CADD operators, interior designers, and support staff ready to serve you. These are the experts who have worked with numerous businesses on a range of projects…all with the same result exceptional quality and service.

McKinley Architecture and Engineering has enjoyed success in the Tri-State region and the mid-Atlantic states because of our unique understanding of the region’s architecture. The buildings complement their surroundings and work to create an unparalleled atmosphere for the clients. In addition to our work in each of the 55 counties of West Virginia, the firm has completed projects in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Kentucky, Minnesota, Illinois and Utah and for nine federal agencies.

As one of the largest full service, A/E firms in the state of West Virginia, we are in the business of designing solutions to help our clients reach their goals. From the onset of a project, the staff forms a unique working relationship with the client. We view the interaction with our clients as an equal partnership. We listen to what the clients want, detail their ideas on paper, and create them in the field. The clients value our wide range of in-house expertise. Specialties include educational facilities, warehousing and industrial projects, government projects, commercial/retail ventures and historical preservation. McKinley Architecture and Engineering is experienced in the design of other projects as well, such as financial, religious, gaming and recreational facilities.

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Architectural design today is meeting of minds. At McKinley Architecture and Engineering, a talented range of professionals work together to deliver projects on time, on budget, and with a high degree of personal attention. We believe that design is an evolutionary process where client and architect learn from each other through frequent communication. Understanding budgets, schedules, goals and ideals, we pursue the optimum balance of these forces in the design of buildings.

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McKinley Architecture and Engineering has provided engineering design and contract administration services for numerous clients as well as other design firms.

Our engineering staff has had special opportunities and experience related to various typical and atypical building types. Our engineering department has designed the first Chilled Beam HVAC System in West Virginia, a Variable Refrigerant Volume / Air-Cooled DX Multizone System with a cost reduction of 30% compared to existing mechanisms, and a building with all interior and exterior LED lighting which came in for the same cost as conventional lighting, just to name a few. We have a well rounded range of experiences and are not afraid to take on new challenges.

Disciplines Available

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Construction Administration
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Reverse Engineering

Interior Design


Interior Design services begin with a strategy session designed to determine the owner’s project requirements, timetable and budget. The interviews will include analyzing space requirements, operating procedures, communication relationships and future needs. Inventory of existing conditions are used to develop accurate drawings and plans.

Application of current ADA and building codes will be applied to the developed plans for way finding (signage, directories, fire escape plan), furnishings and finishes. Attention to budget and maintenance is given in relationship to owner needs.

Construction documents required to detail the project include schedules, elevations, plans, presentation boards and specifications. To maintain coordination, the follow up contract administration consists of submittal review, post construction evaluation and coordination of FF&E contracts when applicable.

Our firm is knowledgeable and has experience with application of ADA regulations, ergonomic standards, state building code and industrial standards as they apply to interior furnishings, space planning and finishes. Improving comfort through lighting and ergonomically sound furnishings will increase employee performance. Efficient spaces aid in organization, and work flow, by decreasing communication barriers.

Energy Efficient “LEED” Design


Buildings designed today will need to meet the demands of the future; McKinley Architecture and Engineering identifies the changes necessary in the design of today and to meet these demands. This approach helps to retain the buildings’ long-term profitability and value, which achieves the buildings’ sustainability.

Our transformation of the Charleston Enterprise Center from old warehouse to sustainable office space received a 2009 Merit Award from the West Virginia component of the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a centrally located “Lantern” glows all day long through the translucent walls illuminated with natural daylight from a skylight above. The natural light throughout the day allows the staff to refrain from using the interior electric lighting.

McKinley approaches ecological design from a business perspective, offering proactive solutions to complex problems such as indoor air quality, energy efficiency, resource depletion, and water quality. With commercial and institutional project experience, the McKinley Team can work alongside local designers to provide sustainable design and construction guidance. We also offer full architectural design services and guided design workshops on sustainable design issues.

LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nationally accepted standard for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED recognizes that sustainable design requires a team approach to achieve the desired goals. McKinley has LEED Accredited Professionals specializing in Building Design and Construction on staff along with our skilled architectural/engineering team to efficiently and cost effectively achieve certification under this standard or we can guide you through the process in order to develop sustainability goals specific to your project.

Hilltop Elementary School is one of our many projects that we designed using energy efficient and sustainable design approaches. It was not until after construction had commenced that the owner decided to submit for LEED Certification. This required a great deal of coordination with the architects, engineers, subcontractors and suppliers. Since we incorporated good sustainable design practices from the beginning, this allowed for an easy transition, and for the project to be successfully completed. This became the first LEED Certified school in West Virginia.

Thomas R. Worlledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C has been a member of the USGBC since 2001, was the first LEED Accredited professional in the state of West Virginia and has served on the committee that sets the standards for the international energy code.

For more information, please contact Thomas R. Worlledge at (304) 340-4267 x201.



On staff, we have a Qualified Commissioning Process Provider who can provide independent commissioning services, not only on new facilities but also existing facilities. For new buildings and their systems, commissioning entails the review of the design plans, verifying the installations, and the oversite of the testing of the mechanical and electrical systems to ensure the owner is getting the type and quality of product expected. For existing buildings, the commissioning provider can troubleshoot the existing systems to determine the fault of nonperforming equipment or the reasons for uncomfortable spaces.

The QCxP accreditation was earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information, please contact Tim Mizer at (304) 233-0140 x118.

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Learning Environment & Educational Facility Planning


McKinley Architecture and Engineering has provided design services for numerous schools and colleges/universities in the states of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Our involvement has included preliminary planning and cost estimating, preparation of final design and construction documents, contract administration, energy audits and facilities evaluation.

Here are some recent educational achievements of our staff members:

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) has awarded Patrick Rymer with the the designation of Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP), a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of a competent learning environment and educational facility planner. The ALEP credential was designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance and identify those in the educational environment industry who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of educational facility planning. Mr. Rymer is in the inaugural class of ALEPs.

In addition, the A4LE has recognized the successful achievements and continual professional development efforts of Thom Worlledge, and has designated him as Recognized Educational Facility Planner (REFP).

We have had employees on the SBA Performance and Design Standard Planning Committee and various sub-committees that revised Policy 6200, the “Handbook on Planning School Facilities.”

Historic Preservation


Historic Preservation is a passion for our firm. We are committed to saving and rehabilitating our past. Having an in-house staff of architects and engineers has allowed us to provide innovative, cost-effective rejuvenation of historic buildings.

We are very familiar with the Secretary of Interior (NPS) Standards and have completed many listings on the National Register as well as rehabilitated numerous buildings for Historic Tax Credits.

We have completed over 100 historic projects throughout the tri-state region.

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Construction Administration


The primary objective of the firm’s contract Construction Administration function is to ensure completion of work the way the client wants it – as scheduled and as budgeted. Our construction administrators evaluate the quality of the work to verify that it meets the level required by clients; in addition, they monitor the contractor’s progress to ensure that the project remains on time and on budget. Our standard fee for basic services includes project visits by a contract administrator – although, if a client desires, additional oversight and more extensive program management services are available.

Main Service Sectors

McKinley Architecture and Engineering is a multi-discipline, full-service Architectural & Engineering firm, offering comprehensive professional services across a wide landscape of client categories.

PK-12 Educational
Higher Educational
Historic Preservation / Rehabilitation
Adaptive Reuse
Commercial / Office
Health Care Facilities
Religious Facilities
Interior Design