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- Amherst Creates
- Appreciation: Funny, Bleak and with No Easy Answers
- Beyond Campus
- College Row
- College to Change Site of New Science Center
- Coming Full Circle
- Elevating the College Party
- From Farm to Table in 1,500 Yards
- Keefe's Makeover
- Making Sense of Calamity
- Power to the People
- Rachel Maddow's One Percent
- Student View: Signature Look
- There's Another Vegan on Campus
- Thinking Compassionate Thoughts
- Three Join Dream Team
- When the Mental is Physical
- Feature: Behind the Glowing Screen
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Power to the People
By Peter Rooney
[Buildings] A turn-of-the-century building that once supplied power to campus will soon provide much-needed space for dances, meetings, dinners, movie screenings, art exhibitions, parties and other student activities.
Dubbed the Power House, the brick building on the college’s southeast side will undergo a renovation that will be designed by architects Bruner/Cott (the firm known for designing the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams).
A conceptual sketch by the architects of the soon-to-be-repurposed Power House
“This building is well-suited for all sorts of student activities, for which there is currently little space,” says President Biddy Martin, who has made enhancing student life a priority.
The brick building is distinctive for its high arched windows and open interior and for being designed by the noted architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, who also designed Fayerweather and Chapin Halls and the Mead Art Museum. Currently occupied by the grounds department, the Power House was the college’s first centralized steam plant, housing a coal-fired boiler. It provided power to the campus until the 1960s, when a more modern gas- and oil-fired steam plant was built.
Martin says students will have a central role in imagining how exactly the space will be used. Renovation work, estimated to cost about $2 million, is expected to begin this summer and be completed by spring 2014.