The idea for the building is born as President Bierman takes an early run along the Rock River in his first year as president.
President Bierman presents a rationale to the board of trustees and launches the first faculty, staff, and student-led feasibility and planning study with Angus Young Associates architects.
The board of trustees approves further study of the project and endorses continuing talks with Alliant Energy to pursue the possible purchase of the Blackhawk Generating Station.
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The college selects Studio Gang Architects to design the Powerhouse, within months of the firm winning the National Design Award in Architecture from the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.
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Alliant Energy and Beloit College formally agree to terms on a definitive purchase agreement that will allow the college to retain the building and site upon completion of its fundraising goal.
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The board of trustees approves a formal resolution signaling its full support and its intention to shepherd the project to completion. The project will be 100% donor funded.
Engaged in the development of the concept from the outset, members of the board of trustees step up with unparalleled financial leadership for the Powerhouse. Their pledges total over $17,000,000, constituting more than 40 percent of the $38 million necessary to fully fund the project. The Powerhouse also receives unanimous support and commitments from the Alumni Board and 1889 Council.
“This project has been a story of the power of partnerships. They have been essential. At the top of the list is Alliant Energy Corporation who have been unfailingly generous and encouraging throughout our work together. The pantheon of stars, however, certainly includes Studio Gang Architects, the City of Beloit, Alexander Company, The State of Wisconsin Historic Preservation Office, Angus Young Associates, and the list goes on and on.” — Dan Schooff, Powerhouse Project Manager, Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College