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CELEB gets a facelift

August 25, 2017

An illustration of the new CELEB exterior.
An illustration of the new CELEB exterior.

The Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit is getting a face lift. This month, construction began to complete the building’s master plan, formulated in 2003.

Since 2004, CELEB, as it’s more commonly known, has offered a student-run art gallery, Gallery ABBA, a fully functioning audio recording studio, Maple Tree Studio, the Coleman New Ventures Lab, which offers a work space for student businesses, BATV, a public access TV station, and the student-run WISE Foundation.

Construction has begun at CELEB. This third floor space will house the Maker Lab.
Construction has begun at CELEB. This third floor space will house the Maker Lab.

 Thanks to gifts from the Coleman Foundation, Dave and Anne Myers’49, William S. Knight Foundation and Lionel Dace'57,construction on both the interior and exterior of the building is taking place. On the outside: the limestone facade to the Hulbert building-side will be cleaned and a sustainable brick veneer will be added to the Merrill building-side and a new entrance will greet visitors and students in downtown Beloit. On the inside, there will be an elevator added for accessibility, the Maker Lab will move to the third floor, and an additional performance space will be added.

During construction, CELEB will occupy a temporary space on the IronWorks campus, giving students more of an opportunity to network in the community.

“We’ll have some new places to have fun and get more exposure to the IronWorks campus,” says Brian Morello’85, director of CELEB.

Construction is scheduled to be completed near the beginning of spring semester.