GCC opens sustainable Building E
“The opportunity is out there. Now we just need the human resources. That’s what this is all about. It’s a symbol of the future of our people, the education of our youth.” Those words today from Gov. Eddie Calvo, at the ribbon cutting of the fifth new building to open on the campus of Guam Community College in the past six years.
Calvo helped GCC President Dr. Mary Okada, other officials, and college faculty, staff, and students cut the ribbon to open Building E this morning on the GCC campus.
“GCC made the commitment many years ago to invest in our resources, and we have. We have a team of professionals from every aspect of the institution who contribute to our success. So to all of our employees that come to work every day to share their expertise and knowledge, and who work hard, I applaud your efforts,” Okada said.
“To the students that are present today, and to all of our students, it is our hope that this new facility inspires you to study hard, work hard, and graduate soon so that you can join the growing number of GCC graduates who are having a positive impact on our community,” added Dr. Okada.
The renovated and expanded former Butler Building 200, now Building E, will house the Education and Pre-Architectural Drafting programs, and the English Department. Over 300 students are enrolled in those programs, and nearly all of GCC’s 2,562 postsecondary students must take English courses as part of their respective programs.
Building E is slated to be GCC’s third LEED-certified structure. The $ 5.2 million project was funded in part by a $1.45 million hardening project grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The remainder of the funding was 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. The collateral equipment (furniture and other equipment) was funded by a Department of Interior Technical Assistance grant.
The new structure is a two-story, 22,600 square foot concrete structure containing 10 classrooms/labs, a study room and an exercise room. The building’s LEED features include solar panels, a rainwater catchment system and other sustainable features.
The former 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. Groundbreaking for the renovation/expansion of Building 100 is slated for the first half of 2015. GCC was awarded a $277,750 grant from the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program in July 2013 for the architecture and engineering design for the renovation/expansion of that building.
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 LEED-silver Foundation Building.