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The Powerhouse

Beloit’s student union, recreation center, and athletics facility is now open!

Aerial view of the Beloit College Powerhouse

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 has changed. 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 provides a spectacular space for the community to come together to work, train, eat, and play. It is a showcase of sustainable design and is 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 is 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?

More than a student union and an athletic facility.

  • Collaborative meeting rooms/seminar rooms/work tables
  • Informal gathering spaces, nooks, hang-out space
  • Indoor running/walking track
  • Signature lecture hall/theater for presentations/films/receptions
  • Competitive pool
  • Café
  • Fieldhouse with artificial turf floor
  • Conference center
  • Multiple fitness spaces
  • Outdoor decks over the Rock River
  • Health & Wellness Center
  • Riverwalk

See for Yourself

The Conduit - Powerhouse Stories

The Powerhouse, Beloit’s new student union is bustling with activity, including battling cages, a cafe, and study rooms.

One-of-a-Kind Student Center

Our new student union, the Powerhouse, connects Beloit’s industrial past with its tech-driven future. Originally built in the early 1900s, the structure was completely transformed into an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility. Students can now take advantage of its spa-like gym, indoor track, Olympic-size pool, game and hang-out spaces, café, deck overlooking the Rock River, and more.

Aerial view from the Rock River

A student center like none other for Beloit College


Powerhouse: Best Future Building in the World

The World Architecture Festival has just awarded the Beloit College Powerhouse the top overall prize among its 2018 Future Projects.


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