Dynamo House Case Study

The South Street Redevelopment Project (formerly the Dynamo House) consists of approximately 250,000 square feet of academic and office space, located in the Jewelry District of Providence, Rhode Island. The project, located in the former South Street Power Station on the Providence riverfront, will be shared by the Rhode Island College / University of Rhode Island shared Nursing Education Center (NEC), Brown University, and local start-ups and technology based companies.

The existing complex, known as “South Street Station,” consists of several wings that were constructed over a period of time from 1912 to 1924 with modifications and additions in the 1950’s and partial renovations in the late 2000’s. At one time, the building housed multiple large boilers and power generation equipment. Originally, the operation was powered by coal, delivered via a system of conveyors and a coal hopper at the top of the building. Later in time, the buildings were modified to run with oil as a fuel source instead of coal. The facility was decommissioned in the 1980s/1990s, during which time all of the smoke stacks and the power generation equipment were removed. The adaptive reuse of this historic landmark on the Providence waterfront will restore the structure to prominence in the revitalized Jewelry District neighborhood.

Odeh Engineers joined the South Street Redevelopment project team as the Structural Engineer of Record, responsible for verification of the existing structure’s load carrying capacity and design of all new structural elements. Major new construction includes a new two story vertical addition and rooftop patio, a new atrium and a new entrance canopy in addition to several infill floors. As part of the investigative study, Odeh Engineers collected a series of laser scans that were then integrated with the structural and architectural Building Information Models and used for project coordination and to verify existing conditions.