About | Commitment to Design Quality

ZMM was founded in 1959 in Charleston, West Virginia by Ray Zando, Ken Martin, and Monty Milstead. Since the inception of the firm, ZMM has been dedicated to providing an integrated approach to building design for our clients. ZMM delivers this integrated approach by providing all building related design services, including architecture, engineering (civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical), interior design, and construction administration from our office in Charleston. Our integrated design approach makes ZMM unique among architectural firms in West Virginia, and helps to ensure the quality of our design solutions by providing more thoroughly coordinated construction documents.

ZMM has maintained a diverse portfolio since the founding of the firm. Early commissions included higher education projects for West Virginia University and Concord College, State Office Buildings 5, 6, & 7 on the State of West Virginia Capitol Campus, and armories for the West Virginia Army National Guard. Maintaining a diverse practice for more than fifty years has provided ZMM with extensive experience in a variety of building types, including educational facilities, governmental facilities (military, justice, correctional), healthcare facilities, commercial office space, light industrial facilities, and multi-unit residential facilities.

The original partners transferred ownership of the firm to Robert Doeffinger, PE in 1986. Mr. Doeffinger helped guide and expand the firm to its present size of thirty-five (35) people. More recently David Ferguson, AIA, and Adam Krason, AIA, LEED-AP joined in ownership of the firm.

Over the last decade, ZMM has become a leader in sustainable or ‘green’ design in West Virginia. In addition to participating in sustainable design and construction seminars throughout the State (Beckley, Fayette County, Morgantown, Charleston, and Parkersburg), ZMM designed one of the first sustainable educational facilities in West Virginia (Lincoln County High School). ZMM also employs a sustainability coordinator who assists our clients in determining appropriate sustainable design strategies for their projects. ZMM’s unique design approach has proven invaluable on projects that employ sustainable design principles, which often require a more integrated approach to building design.

As ZMM enters our second half-century providing professional design services in West Virginia, we remain committed to the ideal of providing high-quality, client-focused design solutions that meet budget and schedule requirements. This commitment to quality has been recognized through both State and National design awards, as well as through the long-term client relationships that we have developed.

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Founded in Charleston, WV, as Zando, Martin, & Milstead

Ray Zando and Ken Martin, both Architects, and Monty Milstead, a Mechanical Engineer left Martens Associates to form a new architectural & engineering firm in Charleston, West Virginia.





Recent Awards

2012 – WV AIA Honor Award

WV Housing Development Fund
Charleston, WV
“Excellence in Architecture”

2011 - WV AIA Honor Award

Joint Interagency Education & Training Center (JITEC) Kingwood, WV
"Excellence in Architecture"

2011 - WV AIA Honor Award

Southside Elementary/Huntington Middle School
Huntington, WV
"Historical Preservation"