Powerhouse Restaurant, University of Southern Mississippi

Historic campus building converted into sports themed restaurant

The original power house was built in 1934 to house the boiler and other infrastructure to provide heating for the campus. This building remained abandoned, sited in the heart of campus until construction began in May 2005 to convert this building into a new sports themed restaurant called the “Power House”. Renovations included production kitchen, support and restrooms on the lower level, a variety of seating for 200 including bar stools, two tops, four tops, booth and banquet on the main level and a mezzanine level. The innovative use of different materials, colors, furniture, sophisticated lighting, graphics and modern technology created a fun and relaxing space that caters to students, faculty and alumni. The stage located in the center of the building and the outdoor courtyard provided new excitement both inside and outside the building.

Everyone who enters says “Wow”, and our students can’t believe something like this exists on their campus. The building is visually stunning by anyone’s standards. I am happy with the way the integrity of the old building was preserved and mixed with modern feel - that was done very well. Our clients hailed it the best restaurant in the city and that was before we started serving food.

— Pat Foley ARAMARK District Manager


Hattiesburg, MS


7,000 sf

Construction Cost

$1.8 million


  • Food Service Director, "Trendsetters: Return of the Power House" (September 2006)
  • Food Management 2007 Best Concept Award for Best New Facility
  • On Campus Hospitality, "Southern Mississippi 'Powers Up' Dining Design" (September 2006)
  • 2006 AIA Baton Rouge Rose Design Award Recipient
  • South Central Construction's Best of 2006 Award of Merit
  • Baton Rouge Business Report, "Architectural Powerhouse" (July 17, 2007)