- Western Kentucky University Heating Plant
Infobox_nrhp | name =Westerm Kentucky University Heating Plant
Bowling Green, Kentucky
architect= Brinton B. Davis
December 18 1979
Western Kentucky University
mpsub=Warren County MRA
refnum=79001035 [ [http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/KY/Warren/state.html National Register of Historical Places - KENTUCKY (KY), Warren County ] ]
The Western Kentucky University Heating Plant is a historic structure on the campus of
Western Kentucky University. Constructed in 1927, it was added to the National Register of Historic Placeson December 18 1979. [http://www.nr.nps.gov/iwisapi/explorer.dll?IWS_SCHEMA=NRIS1&IWS_LOGIN=1&IWS_REPORT=100000066]
The Heating Plant was constructed in 1927 to provide heat to the growing number of buildings on the campus of
Western Kentucky University. It was designed by architect Brinton B. Davisof Louisville, nicknamed the "hill builder" for his hand in designing multiple structures at Western.
The plant provided heat by way of underground pipes encased in concrete masonry. Originally, a spur of the
Louisville and Nashville Railroadled to the building, which used coal transported by train for heat production. [ [http://www.wku.edu/Library/onlinexh/hb/heatingplant.html Heating Plant ] ]
Renovations and upgrades
The Heating Plant has been upgraded or expanded a number of times.
In 1963, the original building was expanded. In the 1970s, a new wing was added to the building, bordering College Heights Blvd. [ [http://www.wku.edu/echo/previous/archive/2003aug/stories/building.htm echo - August 2003 - Building a Legacy ] ]
More recent upgrades to the facility have focused on the internal equipment used for steam generation. A project undertaken in 2002 focused on upgrading the boilers in the building, while another undertaken in 2006 focused on ancillirary equipment and emmissions control at the plant. [http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/statcomm/cpab/Proposed%20Proj_0410/BD_PWKU.pdf]
The Heating Plant was one of multiple buildings on campus designed by Davis that were added to the National Register in 1979.
While the spur track has been removed, the railroad line still runs near the Heating Plant.
Today, the plant is still in use. It is surrounded by many newer buildings, notably student parking structures and modern residence halls. The Plant is located near the intersection of College Heights Blvd. and University Blvd. [ [http://www.wku.edu/Tour/campusmap.html WKU Campus Tour ] ]
* [http://www.wku.edu/Library/onlinexh/hb/heatingplant.html Hill Builder-Heating Plant]
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