Pump Station Rendering
Pump Station Present/ Columbus, OH
Pump Station Columbus, OH

When The Ohio State University challenged the Studio team with the question, “How can you make a utility building, like a pump station, look less utilitarian?” we were game to find the perfect answer. Working in partnership with the civil engineers at EMH&T, our team created a structure with a classic, brick firehouse feel.

How much water can this pump station churn out?

This pump station is capable of churning out 50,000 gallons of water a minute.

From appearance alone, it’s not blaringly obvious that the building at the southwest corner of Cannon Drive and Medical Center Drive, exists to help water flow away from campus during heavy rainfall (and capable of churning out 50,000 gallons of water a minute). While the work of the pumps happens largely below grade, the building itself houses electric panels and large cranes capable of lifting the pumps, if needed.

We focused on mindful design—custom 18-foot doors, tall enough to back a semi inside, made of tube steel and metal plating and large, and high windows that flood the interior with natural light. “We gave this utilitarian building a timeless character—as if it had been standing at the threshold of the university’s campus for 100 years,” says architect Danial Hanes.

Pump Station

Pump Station

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Dukyoung Lee - Architecture

Duk Young is a versatile designer with well-rounded experience developing architectural designs through full completion for a diverse range of building types. She is passionate about research and skilled at synthesizing and implementing information to create concrete three-dimensional solutions that achieve the client’s goals and objectives for a project. Her analytical abilities and meticulous attention to detail enables her to deliver the highest quality of work. A flexible team worker, Duk Young is able to adapt to changing priorities and new challenges. She has a special interest in building envelopes and integrating emerging technologies to discover and apply new ideas to design.

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