FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 1, 2016
JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Gold certification for its Business and Industry Building and Conference Center located on the Donald W. Cameron Campus. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
This is GTCC’s first LEED Gold certified building. In addition, the Campus Center on GTCC’s Greensboro Campus is LEED Silver certified.
“The Business and Industry Building and Conference Center LEED Gold certification is part of GTCC’s continued commitment for long-term sustainable development,” said Randy Parker, GTCC president. “For this project, it was important to us to maintain the integrity of the natural area surrounding the campus and provide a facility that is energy and water efficient as well as sustainable for years to come.”
Located in Colfax, the Business and Industry Building and Conference Center is situated on the 102-acre Donald W. Cameron Campus. The campus is GTCC’s fifth and opened in August 2014.
GTCC achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The $48 million, 94,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility features a variety of green-building practices and design including daylighting, which reduces the need for electric lighting with natural light; use of low-emitting materials such as paints and carpeting to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants; and environmentally responsible certified wood products throughout the facility.
The modern building also houses the Conference Center at GTCC with a 250-capacity auditorium; a catering kitchen; a model warehouse featuring the latest distribution equipment; flexible lab space to accommodate training for new, existing and expanding industries; and seven general purpose classrooms.
More than 3,200 higher education projects are LEED certified, according to USGBC.
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, GTCC is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”
Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.
— Carla Kucinski/GTCC