January 05, 2017

Powerhouse Ready to Power Up

The stage is set for Beloit’s one-of-a-kind building to open by fall 2019 Beloit’s plans to reimagine a decommissioned power plant along the Rock River as a sustainable, fully integrated student union and recreation center have reached a turning point.

An endorsement by the Beloit College board of trustees to pursue state and federal historic incentives (commonly called “tax credits”) came in October, while the generosity of major donors—including trustees who pledged $17 million toward the $38 million project—put the Powerhouse on the fast track.

If tax credits come through as expected, the project will move into its final
phase of fundraising, and the Powerhouse will be within reach for current first-year students to enjoy their senior year. The facility is slated to open in the fall of 2019.

The Powerhouse will be funded completely by donors, with no tuition dollars
going toward the project. With Powerhouse fundraising racing toward the finish line, more detailed work needs to be done, including the process of taking the schematic design from its current 50 percent status to 100 percent completion.

A team of students, faculty, and staff, led by Dean of Students Christina
Klawitter’98 convened in October to focus on feedback solicited earlier from college stakeholders, gather additional input, and work with designers at Studio Gang Architects, the internationally celebrated design firm that is partnering with the college on the building.

New schematic designs are expected to be completed by April 2017, with
construction slated to begin in February 2018. Details are available on the college’s website here

Also In This Issue

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Ron Nikora has been recruiting volunteers to take part in training with local police officers to further understanding between both groups. His research interests include the politics of race and ethnicity, domestic and global health inequalities, national health care systems, and public health policy. He joined Beloit in 2013.

    Role Playing with the Local Police

  • Olivia Love-Hatlestad’20, at left, in Beloit’s production of Baby With the Bathwater. Love-Hatlestad arrived on campus in August with a film crew in tow.

    All the World’s a Stage for this First-Year Student

  • Students and Faculty lined up for convocation.

    Students Go First


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