Central Energy Event Venue

Good things are happening

Central Energy is Columbia’s most vibrant and versatile downtown event space, featuring over 8,000 square feet, a modern aesthetic and unique indoor/outdoor social areas. Formerly the central power plant for the old S.C. State Hospital, our historic building has been carefully restored to be a thriving community hub and venue for a wide range of occasions.

Open up the possibilities

Central Energy was designed for constant reinvention, making it a beautiful canvas to bring your vision to life. The interior features a minimal open floor plan that can accommodate endless arrangements, while industrial bay doors roll open to a modern courtyard and green space.

A space that hums with history

Located in Columbia’s exciting new BullStreet District, Central Energy once powered the former S.C. State Hospital. Reimagined as a gathering space that can become just as vital to the community, the building’s original architecture and industrial accents lend ambiance to weddings, corporate meetings, fundraisers and galas, rehearsal dinners, bar and bat mitzvahs, special events, and other occasions.
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.