JJC’s Facility Services Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Joliet Junior College’s Facility Services Building was recently awarded LEED-NC Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first building of its kind at a higher education institution in the nation to receive this level of certification.
Designed by Legat Architects and constructed by Gilbane Building Co., the Facility Services Building’s new mechanical and electrical systems resulted in a 42% reduction in energy use and an annual savings of approximately 37% in operating costs.JJC’s Facility Services Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification
“The Facility Services Building really embodies JJC’s commitment to sustainable leadership,” said Larry Bacher, Gilbane’s project executive for the JJC effort. “The college used some of the most innovative methods available to reduce the building’s overall impact on the environment. With its high-performance technologies, the facility is showing the return on investment in terms of operational costs.”
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system provides independent, third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Sustainable elements of the building include:
• Geothermal HVAC system to reduce heating and cooling loads
• Reflective roof surface to reduce heat gain
• Solar heat collectors tied to outside air intake to minimize the amount of energy used to heat the inside of the building
• Use of LED lighting in all areas of the building
• Motion sensors for lighting in occupied spaces
• Operable, high-efficiency windows to improve ventilation and bring in fresh air
• More than 75 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills
• Use of recycled and locally sourced materials during construction
• Low-VOC paints, adhesives, and sealants used in all spaces of the building
“We always work to find the most efficient, cost effective means to operate while acting in an ecologically responsible manner,” Kelly Rohder, JJC spokeswoman, said. “The Facility Services Building is a symbol of the college’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental respect.”
The 42,500-sq.-ft. building, the second building completed in JJC’s Master Plan, consolidates JJC’s custodial, maintenance, environmental safety, planning/construction, roads/grounds, and facility scheduling staff. The new building replaced 42-year-old temporary buildings that had previously housed the Facility Services functions.
The Illinois Capital Development Board provided the funding for the Facility Services Building as part of the 2009 Illinois Jobs Now program. The project put 150 people back to work and invested 8.81 million dollars in the community.

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