Beloit College’s Powerhouse director wants the Beloit community to see the facility as an asset when it opens next year.

Steve Robinson started his position on Aug. 6, and since then he’s been working to make sure the facility is a hybrid student union, recreation center and athletic facility. He estimates the building will be operational by next September.

Construction crews are currently in the process of erecting new concrete walls and beams and refurbishing the structure’s windows.

“We’re trying to pay tribute to the history of the building and reuse some of the components of it,” Robinson said.

He said the 120,000 square foot facility is meant to serve multiple purposes, offering an indoor track and fieldhouse with a turf field, multiple lounges and informal meeting spaces, outdoor decks, study areas, a cafe and coffee bar, an expanded health and wellness center, group fitness studios, an eight lane lap pool, a conference room and lecture hall, batting cages and a riverwalk.

The facility includes multiple meeting spaces community organizations would be able to rent out. Robinson also hopes the space will house events for the campus as well as the public.

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This article was originally published in the Beloit Daily News by Ryan Silvola.