Why some believe Beloit College ‘Powerhouse’ project could transform Beloit

BELOIT, Wis. – Officials with Beloit College offered media a first look into the college’s “Powerhouse” project Thursday afternoon.

The project, priced at over $30 million, has transformed the former Alliant Energy power plant into a recreation center, meeting space and more.

The best part, according to those in charge? It’s already paid for.

“At the outset of the conception of this project was for it to be fully funded,” said college president Scott Bierman.

Major donors paid for the project, Bierman said. It’s something he says he hopes will draw in perspective students.

“We expect that prospective students and their families will pay close attention to a college that has devoted this much energy and resources to improving the quality of their experience,” he said.

The project is just the latest in Beloit. Just down the road, Visit Beloit has bought and plans to remodel the former angel museum.

“If you haven’t been to Beloit, now is the time to visit,” said project manager Dan Schooff. “We’ve been on a transformation.”

The Powerhouse project will host an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.