Central Energy is the latest rehabilitation project on the 181-acre Bull Street property and reinvigorates the facility that once provided power to the entire campus. Several of the building’s existing elements were adapted for contemporary use, including its three large mechanical stacks. The original steel stacks extend through the roof and are uplit at night, serving as both dramatic homage to the building’s past function and as an identifying feature of its new function.
Situated at the southeast corner of Gervais and Lincoln Streets, the new Visitors Center sits in the heart of Columbia’s West Gervais Historic District. The glazed facade of the building provides direct visibility to the interior, welcoming pedestrians inside from both Lincoln and Gervais Streets. The main portion of the new facility nestles beneath the Lincoln Street canopy and intentionally remains free from the historic structure, while the brick mass and planter walls quietly blend into the fabric of the surrounding buildings.