GUAM - At Guam Community College, it's another year, another building and another means to modern learning.
This morning dignitaries clipped the ribbon outside GCC's new LEED certified Learning Resource Center. The LRC is a modern library with energy efficient computers, LED lighting, and furniture made from recycled materials.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It's an international standard—a green building certification system. And GCC President Mary Okada says the $5.2 million project is another milestone in the 2005 Physical Master Plan to modernize for growth.
Okada said, "How you save the environment and what we can do to help save the environment and help take away from our dependence on fossil fuels. So we decided that was going to be the footprint of this building. LEED certification is from the bottom up. So in the original design when you design what the windows are going to look like and what they are going to be made out of you need to understand what meets the LEED requirements."
This is the second of three Christmas season gifts the college is presenting to the community. Last December, GCC unveiled the Allied Health Center. Next December the school will open a new student center.
Okada says within the coming year the old library will be renovated and brought online in 2011. And eventually 40-year-old buildings will be hardened and modernized for a whole campus overhaul.