May 09, 2017

The Powerhouse is On

It’s official: Beloit’s Powerhouse received a clear green light in late April from the board of trustees, and the college is set to kick off the $38 million project June 9, during the college’s 2017 Reunion.

That day will signal the beginning of the former power plant’s transformation into an integrated student union, recreation center, and athletics facility. After years of dreaming, planning, and major fundraising, the hammers will start swinging in what will be a deconstruction project first, before any construction starts. The college’s partner in the project, Alliant Energy, will begin the process of removing unwanted equipment from the building as its first order of business. As the equipment moves out, Studio Gang Architects will continue to work on completing the final design.

The 130,000 square-foot building is a one-of-a-kind project in any number of ways, including how Beloit faculty incorporated planning for the building into courses. Students worked on and studied many aspects of the Powerhouse, including its environmentally friendly and sustainable features, along with its potential to build community within the structure and beyond, as it connects the college to the city. The Powerhouse will be open to students by the fall of 2019.


Also In This Issue

  • Eaton Chapel, pictured before the fire of 1953, now celebrates 125 years since its dedication.

    125 Years of Eaton Chapel

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  • 2016-17 Weissberg Chair in International Studies Eskinder Negash.

    International Migration Crisis, Up Close

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  • Rob LaFleur teaching about the history of China.

    Flipping the Classroom with Confucius

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  • President Scott Bierman

    The Real Power of the Powerhouse

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