Beloit College plans to overhaul a defunct power plant into a recreational space for students over the next four years.
Beloit College said Wednesday in a news release that it's working with Studio Gang Architects to reimagine the former Blackhawk Generating Station between the college campus and the Rock River.
Plans for the future Powerhouse include a coffee shop, lounges, a conference center, lecture hall, fitness center and theater. An eight-lane competition pool will have space for 250 spectators. There will also be a 10,000-square-foot fitness center and a 17,000-square-foot recreational gym.
The design will keep the building's original architectural features and incorporate new sustainable practices, such as using the river to help maintain the ambient temperature in the building.
A three-lane suspended running track will weave throughout the building, according to the release.