Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., is converting a decommissioned power plant into an integrated student union, recreation center, and athletics facility.

The college says the $38 million project, dubbed The Powerhouse, repurposes the former Blackhawk Generating Station on the Rock River into a 120,000-square-foot student center. School officials expect to open the facility in fall 2019.

Beloit says its campus has lacked a central gathering space for more than 30 years. The Powerhouse is meant to fill that need with a 10,000-square-foot fitness center and a 17,000-square-foot recreational gym, including a three-lane track and eight-lane competition pool. Other spaces in the building are set aside for conversation, collaboration, and study.

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This article was first published in the American School & University Magazine by Mike Kennedy.