Steady progress has been made in the development of the Guam Community College campus, this time to house the Criminal Justice Department and their Development Education Programs.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio helped cut the ribbon to open the newly renovated Building 100 at the Guam Community College.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a tour of the brand new facility. The new Building 100 will house the Criminal Justice Department, which continues to draw high enrollment numbers for GCC, as well as their Development Education programs.
Mary Okada, president of GCC, tells PNC that they will open the building to the faculty next week, and hopes to start classes as early as next month. Okada says the specialized classrooms will benefit the Guam Police Department’s ongoing academies.
“What we’ve done is actually provided them with space so normally they would use a general classroom and only one or two of these classrooms are specifically designated for the mat for their tactical experience. And then we have a simulator in another classroom that can be also used for either fire truck simulation or police car simulation so that they’re practicing on the simulator before they actually go out,” Okada said.
Building 100 is adjoined to Building E, which is LEED gold-certified, and will share many of the same energy-efficient and sustainable features such as solar panels, a rainwater catchment, porous pavement, and digital temperature controls.
The total cost of construction is around $5 million, and was funded through two components, the U.S. Department of Agriculture long-term interest loan and GCC’s capital improvement projects fund.
This building was contracted through ProPacific Builders. Building 100 is part of GCC’s physical master plan, and Okada tells PNC that there are more additions to look forward to on campus.
“So one thing that we will be doing in the next month or so is we’ll be breaking ground for the next facility that GCC will build which is the GCC GPD forensic DNA lab which will be located near the GPD crime lab. So we’re just working out the timeline associated with when we’ll break ground. We already have a contractor identified and we are going through the building permit process,” Okada said.
This new facility GCC is working on will house GCC’s classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices, as well as providing space for GPD’s expanded activities.
GCC hopes that by taking the initiative to grow their Criminal Justice Department, it will help support and build the workforce for law enforcement, Okada said.
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