architecture                        urban planning


Water Treatment Building Addition to

McCracken Power Plant

The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio


For almost 90 years, the McCracken Power Plant has been part of the Ohio State University landscape.   The main function of the plant is to produce steam for heating central campus buildings.


In 1993, HKI was commissioned along with Schmidt Associates, to provide an addition to the power plant for the purpose of water treatment.  An overriding stipulation was that the addition had to be in context with the iconic power plant.  The land immediately west of the power plant was the site for the new addition.


The power plant is a landmark structure; a nice, old brick building; and there are no plans to replace it.  The smoke stacks are seemingly part of the campus horizon.


HKI’s design of the addition to house the water treatment equipment harmoniously blended the old and new architecture.






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