Amherst College Powerhouse

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Amherst College Powerhouse


Amherst, MA
Amherst College Powerhouse Student Event Space
Architect: Bruner/Cott & Associates
Owner: Amherst College
6,500 sq. ft.
: © David Lamb (courtesy of Bruner/Cott)

 Adaptive Reuse 2015

1315.004dThe Powerhouse at Amherst College reimagines an historic steam plant. Designed by McKim Meade & White in 1925, this facility was decommissioned in the 1960s. It  re-opened in 2014 as the Powerhouse, a student-run activity centre, host to concerts, lectures, movies, yoga, poetry readings and fashion shows.

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Concrete Powerhouse Restoration

1315.003dOnce a brick steam plant, this 6,500-square-foot, $3 million project transformed the building into a contemporary student event space. The historic 1952 building incorporates design elements that were integrated within a robust framework of historic preservation to create the new facility. Now the “it” place to be on campus, a single structure with a concrete addition completed the restoration project last summer…

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Amherst College Powerhouse Student Event Space

1315.002dAmherst College engaged Bruner/Cott to rework their historic 1925 McKim, Mead & White coal-power plant into a 6,500 square foot student event space, the Powerhouse. Located adjacent to planned residential quadrangle, the newly renovated facility emphasizes contemporary design elements within a robust framework of historic preservation that highlights the existing classical form…

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Facade Alterations by Bruner/Cott Turn Steam Plant Inside Out

1315.003dWhen Amherst College decided to convert a former steam plant into a student event space, the choice likely struck some observers as odd. Designed in 1925 by McKim, Mead & White, the coal-burning plant was decommissioned in the 1960s; since the 1980s, it had been used as a makeshift garage for ground equipment.  The facade of the neglected building needed to be opened up to reveal its potential while …

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Former “Power House” to be converted to student social place

Former "Power House" at Amherst College to be converted to student social space

A turn-of-the-century building on the Amherst College campus that once provided power to the campus will be repurposed to provide space on campus…

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