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Activity and Rec Center taskforce to show off its work this week

April 10, 2012

The team of students, faculty and staff that was asked in January to develop a proposal for locating a possible activity and recreation facility in the decommissioned Alliant power plant has completed its investigation work. Now it wants to share what it learned, and show off the results.

The Activity and Recreation Center Taskforce will present the preliminary results of its work at four hosted unveilings this week across campus. The first of these sessions will be today (Tuesday) in the Science Center Atrium from 3:30 to 5 p.m. (The schedule for the rest of the week is included below and dates are also on the Master Calendar.)

In addition to meeting members of the taskforce, anyone dropping in on the viewing sessions will get to see architectural renderings that outline how the group prioritized requests received in more than 40 interviews with several hundred Beloit students, student groups, faculty and staff. Team members also visited facilities at other Midwestern colleges or interviewed personnel there about how their facilities worked – and didn’t work – on their campuses.

In a conversation Monday morning, Dean of Students Christina Klawitter, who led the taskforce, explained some of the guiding principles the group referenced during its three months of work. The aim, she said, was a facility that:

  • would foster interconnectedness through programming and so-called “third spaces”
  •  would respond to the stated wants and needs of the campus community
  • was dedicated in part to “wellness and recreation”
  • could “energize campus”
  • be distinctive and “Beloitish”
  • and would provide physical spaces to help the community “put the liberal arts into practice.” 

Though she’s happy with the taskforce’s work and excited about the prospects of such a building, Klawitter stressed that this is still just speculative work at this point. The college is not yet pursuing funds for the project (which would have to be entirely donor funded) nor has it worked through all the issues with the existing building, which remains owned by Alliant Energy.

Still, Klawitter says, “I can’t help but be excited by what I’m seeing. I’m hoping that our campus community will be equally excited—and will help us improve upon what we’ve got here.” 

Come and see the results for yourself. 

  • Today (Tuesday, April 10) from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Science Center Atrium
  •  Wednesday (April 11) from noon-1:30 p.m. in D.K.’s
  • Thursday (April 12) from 5:30-7 p.m., Commons
  • Friday (April 13), noon to 1:30 p.m., Commons

As a TEASER:  The drawings show an eight-level building anchored by a large entry atrium with an activity and recreation complex at the northern end that includes everything from a 175 meter track to a 150-seat auditorium, Zumba and yoga rooms to a health and wellness center.

Read more about the group’s work in the Terrarium’s “Beloit Initiatives 2012 Progress Report” or by reviewing the initial Terrarium story that announced this work and includes a list of team members and other details on the project.