Beloit College Powerhouse is an adaptive reuse project that re-purposes the Blackhawk Generating Station on the Rock River into a 128,000 sq. ft. student union & recreation facility. Morse Electric removed all outdated electrical and installed new electric and data infrastructure along with audio/visual and fire alarm systems.
Upgrading the electrical system in a historic, 107-year-old building presents several unique challenges. Our crews took great care when removing old equipment and installing modern electrical systems to preserve as much of the historic building as possible. The large open spaces, high ceilings, and lighting requirements posed a challenge for a traditional wired, networked lighting control solution. To ensure the preservation of these features, The Morse Group worked with Engineered Representation, Inc., Lutron Electronics, and the university to design a hybrid solution utilizing the latest in lighting control technologies and incorporating both wired and wireless topologies. Using wireless products maximized the efficiencies of these control technologies from a labor/installation strategy while also providing the customer with a feature-rich, intuitive, and scalable lighting control system for their space.