Studio Gang transforms coal plant into LEED Silver-targeted student union

April 7, 2021 by  
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Riverfront revitalization and sustainable adaptive reuse combine at the Beloit College Powerhouse, a  Studio Gang -designed student union focused on recreation and wellness. Completed last year, the award-winning Powerhouse project included a complete overhaul of the Blackhawk Generating Station — a collection of historic buildings constructed in the early 20th century along the Rock River — as well as the addition of a new field house. The design pays homage to the architectural heritage of the original structures while introducing modern amenities and energy-efficient technologies, including a radiant panel and slab system that harnesses energy from the Rock River.  Located next to Beloit College’s campus near the city’s downtown area, the 120,000-square-foot Powerhouse houses a fitness center and recreational gym, an eight-lane competition swimming pool, an indoor turf field house and a suspended three-lane, 175-meter running track that loops through all parts of the building and takes in different landscape views. The  student union  also includes a coffee shop, student lounges, club rooms, a conference center, a 164-seat auditorium and a variety of spaces for conversation, collaboration and study. A new pedestrian bridge and publicly accessible elevator connect the hilltop college campus with the Powerhouse and the adjacent riverside paths and parks.  To meet  LEED Silver  standards, the architects installed high-performance insulation into the historic portions of the building and added a radiant panel and slab system that draws energy from river water to power Powerhouse’s heating and cooling. An energy-efficient outdoor-air system ensures the highest air quality and comfort indoors. The new field house is wrapped in a polycarbonate facade that lets diffused light in while providing advanced thermal insulation.  Related: University of Toronto Scarborough learning hub to welcome nature indoors “The design retains architectural features and industrial equipment from the original structures while incorporating new  sustainable  practices and lively gathering spaces that encourage students to mix with each other and the larger Beloit community,” said the architects.  + Studio Gang Images © Tom Harris

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Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College

November 6, 2014 by  
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Studio Gang Architects just unveiled plans to transform a decommissioned coal-burning power plant in Wisconsin into a clean green school. Beloit College commissioned Studio Gang to develop the site between its existing campus and the riverfront, and the project will “…transform an outmoded source of electricity into a wellspring of human energy”, as described by studio founder Jeanne Gang . The design will retain the structure’s original tile and brickwork while adding an isothermal envelope to provide heating—channeling kinetic energy from the nearby river through pipes within the walls to keep the building at a constant, comfortable temperature year-round. Read the rest of Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art college , arts college , Beloit , Beloit College , chicago , coal plant , coal-burning power plant , isothermic heating , kinetic energy , power plant , power plant art college , power plant college , river , river energy , river heat , riverbank , studio gang , studio gang architects , Studio Gang Beloit College , wisconsin

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Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland’s Household Energy Needs Last Month

November 6, 2014 by  
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According to new statistics released by the World Wildlife Fund Scotland , Scottish renewable energy had a “bumper month” in October, 2014, with wind power alone generating an estimated 982,842 MWh of electricity. This is enough clean energy to power around 3,045,000 homes, and equates to 126 percent of the electricity needs of Scottish households. Solar power and hot water generation also performed well, despite the country’s reputation for grey and misty weather. Read the rest of Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland’s Household Energy Needs Last Month Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , “wind turbine” , “World Wildlife Fund” , renewable energy , Scotland , Scotland produces 126% of household energy needs with wind power , solar hot water , Solar Power , wwf

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