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Blackwood Associates, Inc. is an Architectural and Planning firm located in Fairmont, WV. BAI offers a professional staff of registered architects, architects-in-training, LEED accredited professionals, technicians and support personnel.  BAI is a single source that can provide the professional disciplines required for a project. Professional services are managed and performed by full-time, in-house registered personnel out of the Fairmont office.

Our History

Blackwood Associates, Inc. was originally established as a West Virginia Corporation in 1959. The firm was incorporated as L.D. Schmidt & Son, Architects and Engineers, under the direction of the late Louis D. Schmidt.  In 1967, James Blackwood joined the firm as an intern architect and project designer. In 1972, James Blackwood became vice-president of L.D. Schmidt & Son and then assumed the presidency of the Corporation in 1975. In 1981, the Corporate name was changed to Blackwood Associates, Inc. Architects and Planners, to reflect the practice ownership.

Since that time, the firm has maintained leadership in the design of state-of-the-art educational, governmental, medical, residential, recreational, commercial and historical adaptive reuse facilities. BAI has successfully completed over 600 projects with a construction value in excess of $600 million in the last 20 years.

BAI is familiar with all aspects of new construction, renovation, build-out design, life safety codes, IBC codes, and Federal and State codes and ordinances.  In addition, we maintain LEED accredited professionals in both architecture and engineering disciplines to meet quality and performance standards.

BAI recognizes the importance of computers for complete and efficient project organization, communication and document management. All word processing, design, drafting, building analysis, virtual reality, and websites are developed by the firm using cutting edge technology.  This same technology allows BAI to provide an Owner with project work product in a usable format at the completion of services.

As part of our value added services, BAI has been developing project design websites for over 15 years which has significantly improved project communication. During design development, our websites are used to feature project updates, renderings and floor plans for review, as well as preconstruction site photography and site plans. Construction website information is updated during the building process on a regular basis.