Guam – The aggressive pace at which the Guam Community College is upgrading its facilities continued Friday with the groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of Building 200, one of the four former “Butler” buildings on the east side of the campus.
“The college was starting to feel a bit “edgy” about moving forward on the next projects, which entail making the east side of campus look just as good as the west side. So once we received word of our FEMA grant award to support the renovation of Building 200, we immediately set to work,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president.
The $4.8 million Building 200 project is being funded in part by a $1.95 million hardening project grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the GCC Board of Trustees Capital Projects fund. The BOT also funded the $264,250 A&E design of the building by Taniguchi Ruth Makio Architects.
[Lorraine Okada, GCC Foundation Board of Governors chair; Mrs. Jean Yu of ProPacific Builder Corp.; Sen. Tina Muna-Barnes; Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio; Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo; Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president; Frank Arriola, GCC Board of Trustees secretary; Alyssa Benito, Guam Homeland Security PAO; Dr. Marsha Postrozny, GCC professor, and Diana Inclano, GCC Education student, take part in the shovel ceremony during the groundbreaking for Building 200 on the GCC campus Friday, July 19.]
The renovated/expanded version of Building 200 will be a two-story, 22,600 square foot concrete structure that contains 10 classrooms/labs, a study room and an exercise room. The building will contain pv panels, a rainwater catchment system and other sustainable features. It is slated to be the campus’ third LEED certified building.
The current Building 200 was constructed in the mid-1960’s along with “Butler” Buildings 100, 300, 400, 500 and 600 as part of the Department of Education’s former Vocational Technical High School.
Since 2009, GCC has constructed three new buildings: the Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Allied Health Center, the LEED-gold certified Learning Resource Center, and the Student Center. Also, in November 2012, GCC opened its completely renovated Foundation Building, also slated for LEED certification.
Following the renovation and expansion of Building 200, the adjacent Building 100 is next on the list. Last week, GCC was awarded a $277,750 grant from the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program for the architecture and engineering design for the renovation/expansion of that building.