Powerhouse Student Event Space, Amherst College

Powerhouse Student Event Space, Amherst College, Massachusetts Education Development, Architecture

Powerhouse Student Event Space

University Building Development, USA – design by Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

Oct 30, 2016

Powerhouse Student Event Space, Amherst College in Massachusetts

Design: Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

Powerhouse Student Event Space, Amherst College

Amherst College engaged Bruner/Cott to create a student gathering and event space in a tactful but raw reworking of their historic 1925 McKim Mead & White steam plant.

Powerhouse Student Event Space

The existing classic form with its industrial interior was reconfigured to accommodate performances, dance parties, speakers and other student gatherings. Lighting and sound systems with flexible furniture concepts support this broad range of activities.

Powerhouse Student Event Space

Amherst’s program includes provision for accessibility, a new pergola wing for restrooms, and food service support.

Powerhouse Student Event Space

A strong new landscape concept marries the interior to a paved exterior terrace with natural amphitheater seating to accommodate outdoor events and to accept spill-over from indoor social activities. The site is adjacent to a new residential quadrangle that is in the planning stages.

Powerhouse Student Event Space

The new facility is being studied to emphasize novel approaches to natural ventilation and waste heat recovery from existing utilities.

Contemporary design elements are conceived within a robust framework of historic preservation.

Powerhouse Student Event Space

Structural alterations include the removal of columns and a series of seismic upgrades. The architectural concept is related to Bruner/Cott’s ground-breaking design approach to the Massachusetts Museum for Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams.

Powerhouse Student Event Space

Powerhouse Student Event Space – Building Information

Construction cost: $3,000,000
Completed: 2014, Total Area: 6,500 sf

Powerhouse Student Event Space

Photographs: David Lamb

Powerhouse Student Event Space

Powerhouse Student Event Space information / images from Pickrel Communications

Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

Phone: +1 413-542-2000
Address: Amherst, MA 01002, United States


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