Guam – Guam Community College proudly announces that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED Silver certification to its renovated Foundation Building.
The Foundation Building, which opened in November 2012, is the second building on the GCC campus to be LEED certified. The U.S. GBC certified the GCC Learning Resource Center as LEED Gold in 2011.
“We are extremely proud to have two LEED-certified buildings on our increasingly sustainable campus,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president. “Since our LRC was designated LEED Gold, the U.S. GBC has released updated versions of LEED standards. The Foundation Building bid required basic LEED certification, so we are very pleased with the silver designation.”
“We also offer Renewable Energy and Photovoltaic Installer courses to provide our students with the means to develop sustainable careers, so it makes sense that our campus promotes sustainability as well,” added Dr. Okada. Other sustainable features throughout the GCC campus include PV panels on the roofs of the Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Allied Health Center, the Student Center, and in the campus parking lots, Okada noted.
[GCC’s LEED Silver Foundation Building, opened in 2012, sits next to the LEED Gold Learning Resource Center, opened in 2010.]
GCC will unveil the Foundation Building’s LEED Silver plaque on Tuesday, April 29, at 10 A.M. in the café on the first floor. The $5.8 million, 21,000 square foot structure was designed by Michael Makio of Taniguchi Ruth Makio Architects and constructed by Orion Corporation. It houses classrooms and the GCC Bookstore in addition to the café on the first floor, and the Adult Education program and classrooms on the second floor. LEED features include photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof, a rainwater catchment system, digital temperature controls, energy efficient lighting and windows, furniture made of energy efficient materials, and tiles recycled from the original building.
The original Foundation Building was constructed in 1993 to house classrooms on the first floor and the GCC library upstairs. It was damaged during Supertyphoon Pongsona in December 2002, and underwent temporary repairs until a new building could be planned. Original donors whose classrooms were rededicated when the renovated Foundation Building opened in 2012 include the family of the late Pedro D. Perez, the former First Savings & Loan (now BankPacific), First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaiian Rock, and the Hotel Nikko Guam. New donors include the family of the late Jose and Dolores B. Bello, who dedicated a classroom in April 2013.