#ColumbiaAgenda: Central Energy Event Space Opens, Boeing Trouble, Green Fixes That Are Carbon Failures, Cannabis Drinks Taste Like Crud
Mar 13, 2019 07:29AM
● By Chris Haire
New Event Space, Central Energy, opens at BullStreet: The latest opening in the BullStreet District is Central Energy, one of the largest indoor/outdoor gathering spaces in downtown Columbia. The event venue, which held its grand opening on March 7, offers 8,000 square feet of flexible event space along with a 2,700-square-foot courtyard and green space.
Central Energy was designed to host large-scale events, with up to 900 guests, as well as smaller, more intimate gatherings. Home to Downtown Church’s weekly services, the venue was designed as a community hub that can accommodate weddings, galas and conferences.
Formerly the central power plant of the former S.C. State Hospital, the building was reimagined by Garvin Design Group and Hammer Construction. Industrial bay doors roll open to the outdoor courtyard, and an indoor-outdoor stage can open to the lawn.
Downtown Church has partnered with Crawford Pressley, owner of catering business Loosh Culinaire and Central Table, to manage the space and provide catering. Pressley collaborates with executive chef Blake Faries - formerly of Saluda’s, Sea & Salt and Tallulah - for menus ranging from casual to elegant.
The BullStreet District, often cited as the largest urban redevelopment project on the East Coast, is transforming the 181-acre S.C. State Hospital campus into a mixed-use district that includes Segra Park and several local and national businesses. BullStreet is zoned for 3.3 million square feet of commercial space and 3,558 residential units. --Leigh Savage
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