Greenhouse Facility Grand Opening

Greenhouse grand opening photos

Greenhouse video shown at grand opening

The Greenhouse Facility grand opening, held April 13, gathered architects, construction company and local legislative representatives, the JJC community and college donors in a ceremony to celebrate the building, the first to be completed as part of JJC’s ongoing master plan.

Jason Lembke of Legat Architects told the audience gathered in the building’s classroom that they were sitting in one of the most technologically advanced greenhouses in the country. JJC is the first community college in the nation to have a LEED-registered greenhouse.

Mike Brown of Gilbane Building Co. said he was proud to have been a part of the project.

“Virtually 100 percent of the work on this building was completed by the local workforce in this district,” Brown told the crowd. “That’s what investing in our community is all about.”

Those who attended the opening received an herb potted in a biodegradable cornstarch container.

In addition to the multi-purpose classroom where the formal ceremony was held, guests walked on self-guided tours of the three greenhouses, which total nearly 9,000 square feet, where they learned about different sustainable systems like the ebb and flow rolling flood bench system for watering.

In the ebb and flow system, each bench has a set of tanks underneath to store the water supply. Watering is controlled with a timer, while horizontal air flow fans, near the top of all three greenhouses, provide constant air circulation and help in the prevention of diseases.

“These systems you see here today are something that I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Jim Ethridge, professor of horticulture, said.

Dr. Gena Proulx, JJC president, added that community colleges are uniquely positioned to serve their local community’s needs.

“Today marks the first of several investments that we are making in your community college as part of the master plan,” Proulx said. “We thank you for your continued support in making JJC a leader in teaching, learning and innovation.”

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