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120K square feet of innovative student center space

100% funded through external sources

7,000 square feet of strength and conditioning space

174m state-of-the-art, three-lane indoor track

Beloit College is building a uniquely integrated student union, recreation center, and athletics facility, that will benefit generations of Beloit College students and the greater community. The Powerhouse is a $38 million project that repurposes the decommissioned Blackhawk Generating Station on the Rock River into a 120,000-square-foot student center in every sense of the phrase.

A glorious 21st century use for a quintessentially 20th century facility, the building will provide a spectacular space for the community to come together to work, train, eat, and play. It will be a showcase of sustainable design and be housed in one of the state’s most important historic buildings, tying the college and the city of Beloit closer to the Rock River. 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.

Smart, innovative, historic, economical, unique. How Beloitish is that?

Throughout most of the last century, it was spaces like the Smith Student Union where faculty and students, the studious and the not-so-studious, mingled and worked together. A central gathering space has been missing from campus for more than 30 years. That’s about to change.

So much more than a student union and an athletic facility. That’s why we’re calling it the Powerhouse.