Guam – Governor Felix Camacho and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tony Babauta will help to cut the ribbon and open the new Learning Resource Center at the Guam Community College in Mangilao at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, December 10. Designed by Taniguchi Ruth Makio Associates as part of the GCC 2005 Physical Master Plan, the Learning Resource Center is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED-certified government of Guam building. The two-story, 22,000 square foot facility contains LEED features such as digital temperature controls and air quality monitors, energy efficient lighting and windows, and furniture made of recyclable materials. The LRC will provide GCC students with a reading area/collection section, computer work areas, a computer lab, group meeting rooms, audio-visual rooms, staff areas, and a large group meeting room.
“We are extremely proud to be opening this beautiful facility for our students,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President. “Our 26 percent increase in enrollment over the past two years tells us that our students have faith in our ability to give them the skills and training they will need to be competitive in our expanding workforce. This building signifies our commitment to providing our students with the highest quality education and training, and the highest quality facilities in the region.”
The contractor for the $5.2 million project is Asanuma Corporation. The total cost of construction is $4.3 million, while furniture and equipment costs are approximately $900,000. The building was funded through five different sources, the main one being the U.S. Department of Education under the Asian American and Native American Pacific Island-serving Institutions (AANAPISI). The overall goal of the AANAPISI grant is to increase enrollment, retention and program graduation rates by improving academic quality and student learning outcomes by expanding the quantity of learning resource materials available to students and the facility in which those materials are housed.
“We feel that our new LRC epitomizes the goal of the federal grant money that helped to build it. Our students now have a state-of-the-art place in which to study and do the research that will, in turn, allow them to be successful when they graduate,” Dr. Okada said.
Other funding sources for the LRC included the U.S. Departments of Interior, Energy, and Agriculture, and the GCC Foundation Board of Governors, which provided the money for the architectural and engineering design of the building.
The Learning Resource Center is the second new building to open on GCC’s campus in less than one year. On December 21, 2009, the college opened its Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Allied Health Center, which houses the College’s pre- and practical nursing and medical assisting programs, and science and computer lab facilities.