Places: In Brief
In summer 2010, a multi-phase project called “Renewing the Historic Core” was initiated to maintain and restore college buildings and grounds across campus. The plan’s first phase concentrated on the exteriors of the 19th century and early 20th century classical academic buildings on the south side of campus, including the 164-year-old Middle College. Additional information about projects completed can be found here.
Beloit’s Center for the Sciences was awarded platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status, the highest rating offered by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building was also distinguished with a Design Excellence Honor Award in Interior Architecture by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The Hendricks Center for the Arts opened its doors for classes at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year. The completely renovated and expanded 58,000 square-foot center—a gift valued at $6.9 million from Diane Hendricks and her late husband Ken Hendricks, a former college trustee—is second in size only to the Center for the Sciences among college buildings.
As outlined in the Campus Master Plan, the college completed several campus enhancements aimed at improving the flow of car and pedestrian traffic along its eastern border while beautifying approach streets and increasing parking slots along them. Traffic has transitioned to one way on Chapin Street with parking added to Chapin and Emerson Streets. The traffic circle between Eaton Chapel and the library was returned to common space and foot traffic. The patio off Eaton Chapel’s south side was made handicap-accessible and the stained-glass doors reinforced for more regular use.
After raising $3.7 million from a small group of alumni, friends, and parents, the college began major upgrades to the main Strong Stadium field and its surrounding track in April 2010. Improvements to the new track and field provide facilities for Beloit (after a 15-year hiatus) to host track meets at home on a NCAA competition-quality eight-lane track, and the new artificial surface on the field expands its usefulness for activities that reach beyond the football season.
Beloit was one of only five cities nationwide to receive a Great American Main Street Award in recognition of its historic preservation and strategic partnerships to revitalize the city's traditional Main Street commercial district.
The college’s Hendricks Center for the Arts received honors as a Wisconsin Main Street Award winner for Best Adaptive Reuse Project, being selected and recognized as having the best renovation project in the state.