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University of Cincinnati central power plant

Ever wonder what the inside of a power plant looks like? Me too, especially since I ride past here every morning on the bike and see the inside of it all lit up. U.C. Sustainability hosted a tour that was educational and enlightening. All that equipment in front you can see lit up at night? Those are chillers that supply chilled water for air conditioning throughout campus. They run all year as even server rooms and labs need to be cooled in the winter.
What you can't see and what I really wanted to see were the two gas turbines they use for power generation. Gas turbines are really just jet engines bolted to a frame and connected by gears to a generator. The turbines are rated at 12.5 MW and could supply enough electricity for about 6,200 homes and burn natural gas. Unfortunately it wasn't permitted to photograph the turbines which is the whole reason I wanted to go. But it turns out the plant is even more amazing than I realized it would be. Downstream from the turbines fuel is injected into the 1,000°f exhausted and heated to nearly 1,800°f. This creates the steam that is pumped throughout campus to heat buildings. The most amazing thing that steam does though is to power a 20MW steam turbine that could power 10,000 homes at full capacity! Its amazing how every last bit of energy is squeezed out of the turbines for max efficiency.

Central Power Plant
This is the cabinet the gas turbine is mounted in.
Central Power Plant
Central Power Plant
The inside of one of the chillers, periodically someone has to run a pipe cleaner through every one of those copper pipes. 70°f water in, 40°f water out.
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Central Power Plant
One of the oil fired backup steam boilers
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This is the steam turbine. Not as exciting as the gas turbine though.
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Everything is controlled from here. Plant functions are monitored constantly including electric prices. If the commodity market price drops then the turbines are spun down and electricity is purchased instead. Joe told us that once in a great while the price of electricity will go negative and someone will pay them to use electricity. How crazy is that?
Central Power Plant
The three oil fired boilers are located in these three spaces. And here I thought they were just architectural whimsy.
Central Power Plant
Central Power Plant
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Gallery 708

Gallery 708 is the newest downtown art gallery, maybe the first new one that I can remember since AVS on 4th closed 7 or 8 years ago. Gallery 708 is located on Walnut St next to Ruby's steakhouse and directly across the street from the Aronoff streetcar stop. Gallery 708 is a logical addition to the Backstage District with The Weston Art Gallery basically across the street with 21c and the CAC a block down.
Sara Caswell-Pearce, Cedric Michael Cox and James Billiter are some of the familiar names whose art you'll find there among 30 others, its an impressive display.
If you are craving high quality fine art for your home and don't have a budget, this will be the place for you.
708 Gallery
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once upon a time in OTR

I stumbled across a couple pictures from Oct 2007 when there weren't many of us braving Vine St.

OTR October 2007

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This Way Sinners

When you explore the city as much as I do you're bound to see some interesting stuff, some weird or even bizarre things. But the building at 1275 Budd St with the ghost sign that reads THIS WAY SINNERS has to be one of the crazier things I've seen. It began life as the American Carriage Company, a factory for horse drawn carriages. The unique slogan of the company's founder was, "This Way Sinners," after he became inspired by hieroglyphics he found in the Saharan Desert.
Built in the 1890's, This Way Sinners has recently been vacated by the Cincinnati Opera after being used for storage the last 3 decades. Now the building has a new lease on life, a life that will no doubt be more interesting than any its had before. The main function of the building will be as a production facility for frameshop, the place where everyone in the city has had artwork framed in the most creative ways imaginable. Duru and Jake Gerth have partnered up with Maggie and Nick Pfeifer to find ways to use the massive space they've found themselves with.
I've written quite a bit lately about co-working office space for tech startups and road warriors, spaces like 1628 and Kinglet. But what if you have a trade? Building furniture, creating large scale art? What if that business is beginning to take off and you've outgrown your basement and garage. This Way Sinners is what you are looking for. The partners have told me right now they can be pretty flexible with the spaces, from small studio space to large 3,000sq ft storage or small scale manufacturing, workshops or anything that you need elbow room for. There are two freight elevators one of which looks like it could fit a midsize car.
The 4th floor they envision as an event space, wide open and filled with natural light it would make a dramatic space for a wedding or any other party really.
Located a mile and a half from downtown you are literally minutes away from all the action downtown/OTR.
To inquire about available space at This Way Sinners click HERE.

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The opera left the facade to a 40' tall castle. I imagine a blowout Halloween party next year.
This Way Sinners
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1628 - the newest downtown coworking location

Are you looking for flexspace that isn't a ho-hum run of the mill office?
1628, located at 11 Garfield Place is a place for mobile worker who also has a discriminating eye for design and art.
Per 1628's website: ... built to empower professional achievement and self-fulfillment amidst an environment of culture and elegance. In a world overflowing with information and chaos, we are guardians of your daily routine, protectors of your efficiency, practitioners of old-school hospitality.
I have to say, it was, on a personal level, pretty cool to walk around looking at art by Cincinnati artists that I admire. Tamara Schwarting the creator and curator did a good job creating a dramatic space with simple design elements. And it isn't just the inside of the space either, the views outside are filled with art and inspirational views. Technology wasn't overlooked with secure FiOptics and wireless throughout. The meeting/collaboration rooms were all equipped with speaker phones and large format smart TVs.

If you need swap/collaboration space or a physical office, 1628 is built to impress.

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There is even photography from some obscure downtown guy.
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Switch On Fourth

You could go to a big box store to find lighting for your home. And find no guidance or help at all as to which fixtures may or may not fit or even work for your particular installation.
Luckily Switch On Fourth has you covered. Switch On Fourth is co-owned and run by Drew Dearwester and Bertie Ray. If the name sounds familiar they also run Switch located on Vine St. in OTR. Mr. Dearwester, Mr. Ray and the others at Switch are knowledgeable about their products and eager to help. Things that no one has ever said about a chain.
They opened the additional location downtown on East 4th to better showcase the light fixtures in a more natural room like setting. I love that they chose our block on 4th between Plum and Central for their newest store. The empty store fronts are slowly disappearing and there is a little more life in this sleepy little corner of downtown which isn't so sleepy anymore.
The space is dramatic, if you are downtown or in need of new lighting or furniture I encourage you to swing by Switch On Fourth to see for yourself.
I really like the storefront at night!

Switch on Fourth
Switch on Fourth
Switch on Fourth
Switch on Fourth
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