Grand Opening of the Facility Services Building March 29

The college community is invited to attend the grand opening of the Facility Services Building on Tuesday, Mar. 29, at 4 p.m. in the new building, which is adjacent to the J-Building on the Main Campus.

The LEED Silver (pending certification) facility is home to the college’s custodial, maintenance, environmental safety, planning/construction, roads/grounds, and facility scheduling staff. The Facility Services Building, designed by Legat Architects with lead construction by Gilbane Building Company, is the second completed structure in the college’s five-year Master Plan project.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with an opening ceremony and guest speakers. A reception will start around 4:30, and from 4:30 to 6 p.m., tours of the facility will be given.

The project was funded as part of the 2009 Illinois Jobs Now program through the Illinois Capital Development Board. The new building replaces the 40-year-old green temporary buildings that had previously housed the Facility Services functions.

Green features of the building include:

  • All light fixtures are LED, making this one of the first buildings in the area to have this feature
  • White reflective roofing
  • Geothermal heating and cooling system
  • Solar-powered/pre-heat ductwork that is located on the roof takes air from the outside of the building, heats it, and cycles it into the interior of the building
  • All occupied spaces in the building have motion sensors that control lighting. So, if a room is not occupied by someone, the lights shut off.
  • Daylight ventilation in all areas including offices and shop/work areas. This means each area is uses the maximum amount of daylight possible. All windows are operable, meaning they can be opened to help naturally control room temperature.
  • Most materials for the building were purchased from within a 500-mile radius. This includes steel from Chicago, precast concrete from Aurora, Ill., windows from Wisconsin.
  • All windows are high-efficiency, Low E glass, meaning that the glass repels UV rays with a metallic coating in order to keep furniture, carpet from fading but still allow visible light.
  • All plumbing fixtures are super low flow, meaning that they have the lowest water consumption available.
  • All paint, coating, glues and adhesives contain low volatile organic compound, or VOC

For more information or to RSVP, contact Tracy Theard at (815) 280-2352 or email RSVPs should be sent no later than Monday, March 21.

Photos of the Facility Services Building

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