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Powerhouse bridge installed

June 6, 2019
By Susan Kasten

Powerhouse bridge 

Beloit recognized a major milestone on June 5 when workers installed the 75-ton pedestrian bridge that connects campus to the Powerhouse by way of Highway 51/Pleasant Street. The dramatic scene involved closing the highway for several days while the bridge, spanning 180 feet, arrived on semis in three large sections. Two towering cranes moved the pieces so workers could connect two sections before the third and final part was lifted, attached, and anchored down. The bridge was manufactured over the winter in Minnesota from weathered steel. Once finished, it will feature wooden decking, a corrugated metal roof, and metal mesh side panels. The eastern side of the bridge will intersect with the sidewalk just north of the campus Sports Center and enter the Powerhouse inside a third floor atrium with stairs and an elevator that offer access to other floors of the recreation center and student union.

The Powerhouse

The Powerhouse repurposes the decommissioned Blackhawk Generating Station on the Rock River into a 120,000-square-foot student center in every sense of the phrase. The Powerhouse will be a first-of-its-kind facility in the country—one that interlaces student life spaces with recreational facilities, further connects campus with the community, and preserves history while looking to the future.