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Beloit College Powerhouse Project gets Green Light to Proceed

April 24, 2017
Render of the completed Powerhouse viewed from over the river, the Beloit campus in the background.

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Beloit College Powerhouse Project gets Green Light to Proceed

Following an endorsement from its Board of Trustees, Beloit College announced Monday that it is officially moving forward with its Powerhouse project. The result of years of planning, meetings, discussions and exceptional partnerships between public and private entities, alumni, parents and friends, the college’s plans to reimagine a decommissioned power plant along the Rock River into a sustainable, fully integrated student union and recreation center are now becoming a reality, with the project kickoff slated for June 9, 2017.

“This is a great moment for Beloit College and for all of the magnificent partners who have helped bring the Powerhouse to life. We head into the next phase of this project with ambition, optimism, humility and perhaps most importantly with certainty that the Powerhouse will become a tangible, concrete space,” said Beloit College President Scott Bierman.

New renderings from designers at Studio Gang Architects are due by early summer, showing the latest evolutions of the Powerhouse project, which, over the past few years has benefited enormously from contributions by students, partners, supporters and the community. In addition to the unique integration of student union, student clubs, health and wellness, athletic, recreational and learning spaces, the Powerhouse will be a model of adaptive reuse and eco-friendly design. Not only does it revitalize an existing, historic building full of brick and steel, it will also showcase a set of groundbreaking sustainable practices.

The Powerhouse will also connect in important ways to the City of Beloit. The riverwalk, fresh and healthy food options, and spaces for community members to use all stand as important parts of this project.In addition to the many unique elements of the building, the $38 million Powerhouse project will be funded completely by the generosity and support of donors and several grants and tax credits, with no tuition dollars going toward the project.

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rotary River Center, located at 1160 Riverside Drive, Beloit WI 53511, the City of Beloit has scheduled a public involvement meeting to discuss plans for the Powerhouse Riverwalk Project along the Rock River—a key element of the Powerhouse project designed to create new, innovative connections between the downtown, neighborhoods, and the College. Beloit College representatives and designers including those from Angus Young Associates (responsible for the Riverwalk portion of the project) will be on hand to discuss the project as well as other elements of the Powerhouse during the meeting.