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Biomass Facility for the University of South Carolina



Project Location:

Columbia, South Carolina


Architect / Designer:

Perigon Engineering

Matthews, North Carolina


Project Description:


This project represents the future of college campus power plants. Through the gasification of woodchips, the facility will generate steam to supplement the campus’ current energy power generation system. The 19,000 square feet building is composed of a wood storage area, a connector area and a process area. The connector area joins the storage and process areas while providing an enclosed area for the conveyors which transport the wood chips to the process area. The building was designed to provide a functional structure to the process which it houses. The building is constructed of masonry, glass and translucent panels, which are used to add transparency to the walls and allow the technologically advanced equipment to be easily viewed while giving the building character that blends into the existing university architecture.