Take a quick jaunt around town and you’ll see the handiwork of Mills Group—our Best Architectural Firm. From the Courthouse Square to the Courthouse Marriott and the Morgantown Market Place pavilion to Tin 202, this team of architects, designers, planners, and historians improves our community through timeless, inspired design. In addition, this firm, which also has an office in Wheeling, is responsible for the design of such high-profile buildings as The Health Plan corporate headquarters in Wheeling, the WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, and Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.

Founded by Michael Mills in 2005, Mills Group assists clients with residential, commercial, public, and interior designs, emphasizing traditional design principles, vernacular design influences, and long-term sustainability. It’s also the state’s go-to firm for historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse, having worked on the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, the West Virginia Veterans’ Memorial at the state capitol complex, and Davis & Elkins’ Graceland Inn and Halliehurst Mansion in Elkins, to name a few projects.

“What sets us apart is that we are diligent in understanding our clients’ spatial needs, design goals, and budgets,” says Principal Michael Mills. “We believe in designing structures for our clients that improve not only their lives, but also the communities with which they are involved.”

With the recent increase in state historic tax credits, Mills Group hopes to work on more adaptive-reuse projects that preserve the heritage of downtowns. “We can’t afford to recreate the past. By restoring or adapting historic structures, we are preserving the contextual features of our downtowns,” Mills says. “At Mills Group, we walk a client through the process, help them conceptualize the potential, and make sure they meet the National Park Service standards to ensure the receipt of the tax credits. The tax credits provide great incentive to save important buildings, because it’s money back in the client’s pocket.” — PK

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