Central Energy Facility + Downtown Church

The 12,731 sf Central Energy Facility played a crucial role in supporting the entire 181-acre State Mental Health campus and will be brought back to life as “a place where the community can gather”. Downtown Church, with Co-pastors Amos Disasa and Dawn Hyde, is welcoming a new generation of community members and believers to the BullStreet District in their new 15,000 sf community and worship center.
Hughes Development has donated the 12,731 square-foot Central Energy Facility in The BullStreet District to DOWNTOWN CHURCH, a Presbyterian congregation based in downtown Columbia, S.C.


The church does not intend for the new building to be a typical church structure; it will maintain the industrial look original to the building and feature a stage situated in front of a roll-up garage door to support indoor and outdoor events.

“We want the space to be like a public park – a place where the community can gather,” says Hyde. “This is not a monument to DOWNTOWN CHURCH or an added benefit to the members. It will be functional.”

The church is known for demonstrating its interest in being a community partner, hosting events at The Nickelodeon, at the Columbia Museum of Art, and with local musicians for an annual Christmas bluegrass show. The church also developed a bike recycling program in which donated bicycles are repaired and then given to children at St. Lawrence Place and to adults at Transitions.

The Central Energy Facility Building
The Central Energy Facility building played a crucial role during the decades when it was in use. In addition to underground piping, more than a mile of elevated trellis carried steam and cold water pipes from the Central Energy Facility to buildings across the 181-acre S.C. State Hospital site, providing heating and cooling to the entire campus until it was decommissioned by the S.C. Department of Mental Health in 2005. A significant task within the BullStreet project is a massive installation of modern, underground power, water, sewer and telecommunications lines, none of which existed on the site until construction began in 2014 in advance of the first Columbia Fireflies baseball game in April 2016.