Beloit Powerhouse/

Studio Gang

United States

Project Details



Beloit, Wisconsin / United States



Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2020

Area (Net/Gross):

- / 11.150 m2
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • The project had a target of LEED Silver certification.
  • The partial preservation of the former building’s architectural features and industrial equipment reduces the embodied carbon of the project.
  • Most of the heating and cooling of the complex is done by radiant panels that harness energy from nearby Rock River.

Project description as provided by the architects.

Located along the Rock River, adjacent to the College’s campus and close to downtown Beloit, the Powerhouse project combines an assemblage of historic buildings that made up the Blackhawk Generating Station (1908–1947) along with a new field house addition. The new design retains architectural features and industrial equipment from the original structures while incorporating new sustainable practices.

A suspended, three-lane track runs through all portions of the building, which houses a fitness center and recreational gym, eight-lane competition swimming pool, and the indoor turf field house, as well as spaces for conversation, collaboration, and study. Additional amenities include a coffee shop, student lounges, club rooms, conference center, and a 164-seat auditorium.

Transforming the hundred-year-old structure presented significant challenges, especially to efficient energy use. New insulation regulates heat flow in the historic portions of the building, while the polycarbonate façade of the new field house provides advanced thermal insulation and abundant, diffuse natural light throughout the day. In addition, a radiant panel and slab system harnesses energy from the Rock River for most of the Powerhouse’s heating and cooling needs, improving comfort within the building and maintaining the highest air quality, while also minimizing total energy use.

A new pedestrian bridge and publicly-accessible elevator connect the Beloit College campus, which sits on a hill, with the Powerhouse and the adjacent riverside paths and parks at ground level. Forming these new links between town, gown, and river, the former power plant is now generating a more energetic and vibrant community life

Photography: Tom Harris

Client: Beloit College

Consultant Team:

Angus Young Associates, associate architect, electrical engineer, plumbing engineer, fire protection engineer, structural engineer, LEED consultant, commissioning consultant

R.H. Batterman & Co., civil engineer

dbHMS, lighting and mechanical/environmental engineer

Applied Ecological Services, landscape architect

Threshold, acoustics and A/V consultant

3st/Span, signage, wayfinding consultant

Ramaker & Associates, pool consultant

Hastings+Chivetta Architects, athletic & recreation design consultant

True North Consulting Group, IT consultant

Dharam, cost consultant

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