Guam – It’s the fourth major construction project to see fruition in as many years at Guam Community College, and the second LEED-certified building on campus.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, U.S.D.A. Guam Office representatives, the GCC Foundation Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, and local lawmakers will join GCC President Mary Okada, students, faculty, staff and administrators in opening the doors of the fully renovated Foundation Building at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, November 5, 2012.
“This project is especially important to us because of all the support we’ve received for it on both the federal and local levels. Some of the original donors will return to name classrooms in the renovated building,” Dr. Okada said. “The family of Pedro Perez, and representatives from Bank Pacific, First Hawaiian Bank, Hotel Nikko Guam, and Hawaiian Rock Products will be on hand to christen their newly renovated classrooms.”
The GCC Foundation Board paid nearly $352,000 for the building’s architectural and engineering design, and provided just over $1 million of the construction cost. GCC also received a low-interest loan of $3.5 million from U.S.D.A. for the remainder of the construction amount, which totaled $4.5 million. ARRA funding from the Guam Energy Office in the amount of $248,000 provided for the building’s photovoltaic panels, and $375,000 in ARRA State Fiscal Stabilization Funding paid for the northeast parking area adjacent to the Foundation Building. Assistant Secretary Anthony Babauta from the Department of Interior provided funding for collateral equipment and furniture.
The 21,000 square foot structure was designed by Michael Makio of Taniguchi Ruth Makio Architects and constructed by Orion Corporation. It will house classrooms, an expanded GCC Bookstore, and a café on the first floor, and the entire Adult Education Office on the second floor. GCC offers Adult Basic Education, an Adult High School Diploma program, a GED® program, and English as a Second Language through its Adult Ed Office. The building’s LEED features include photovoltaic panels on the roof, a rainwater catchment system, furniture made of recyclable materials, and tiles from the original building reused in the renovation.
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.
Next on GCC’s list of improvements, according to Okada, are renovations to Buildings 100 and 200 on the other side of campus, more parking spaces, and other upgrades to campus facilities.