New Columbia event venue opens in BullStreet District
One of the newest Columbia event venues was unveiled Thursday at its grand opening event. Central Energy is located in the BullStreet District, and offers more than 8,000 sq.-ft. of flexible, modern rental space, along with a 2,700 sq.-ft courtyard.
The venue has the capacity to hold 500 to 900 guests, and the ability to size down for events with 150 to 200 attendees. Events the venue can host include weddings to corporate conferences, to fundraising galas. The building is owned by Downtown Church, inside of which their weekly services are held. According to the press release, the space is intended to be a community hub with thoughtful design for connection and celebration.
Central Energy was formerly the central power plant for the old S.C. State Hospital. It has been redesigned by Garvin Design Group and Hammer Construction. The original architecture gives the space an industrial ambiance, and the open floor plan allows easy configuration for occasions of various styles and sizes. Industrial bay doors roll open to the outdoor courtyard, and the venue’s indoor/outdoor stage can open to the lawn if desired.
“When we drew plans for Central Energy, we were envisioning weddings with twinkle lights strung over the courtyard, concerts on the lawn where families could let little ones play – really there’s so much potential with this amazing space,” said Downtown Church Pastor Dawn Hyde.
The church partnered with Crawford Pressley, owner of catering businesses Loosh Culinaire an Central Table, to manage the space and provide in-house catering.
Central Energy is currently available for event bookings and venue tours. More information can be found at the company’s website.