Guam - Guam Community College celebrated the opening of its fully renovated Foundation Building with a ceremony this morning.
The building was GCC's fourth major construction project in the last four years and with the inclusion of special energy features it is the second LEED-certified facility on campus. After a year of construction, GCC President Mary Okada is pleased to finally open the facility to the public.
“Its been a long year in waiting but its an excellent opportunity,” Okada told PNC. “This is our adult education and GED center so we're hoping that more students identify that if they haven't been able to complete their adult education or receive their GED that they actually come to Guam Community College and complete that process.”
The project was funded by the GCC Foundation Board, a USDA loan, and ARRA grants . The Department Of the Interior provided funding for collateral equipment and furniture.
READ the release from GCC below:
For the fourth time in as many years, the Guam Community College celebrated the opening of a new building today – this time, the completely renovated Foundation Building. Monday's ribbon cutting honored several of the original donors who sponsored classrooms in the old building including the family of the late Pedro D. Perez, the former First Savings & Loan (now BankPacific), First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaiian Rock, and the Hotel Nikko Guam.
“Over 20 years ago, several members of the community made an investment in (GCC’s) mission: Pedro D. Perez, First Savings & Loan, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaiian Rock, and the Hotel Nikko Guam. Today, we recognize their investments by rededicating the rooms in their names,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President & CEO.
Okada noted that all of the new buildings on campus are the collective efforts of GCC employees, its Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Governors, friends in Washington D.C., and the generous donors to the College. After thanking Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and Asst. Secretary of the Interior Tony Babauta for their help in securing federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal sources for the Foundation Building project, Okada pointed out just how much of the money for all of GCC’s new buildings did not come from the government of Guam’s general fund.
[As Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (left) and GCC President Mary Okada look on, Attorney Peter Perez cuts the ribbon to the new GCC Foundation Building classroom rededicated in his late father's name. The Perez family were one of the original donors in the old Foundation Building. GCC opened its newly renovated Foundation Building today on the Mangilao campus.]
“Today, with all of you present, I submit to you that the hard work and dedication of ALL the GCC employees - our pride in what we do - has garnered over $22 million in both federal and local support for all these upgrades and construction projects,” Okada said, receiving a round of applause from the over 200 people in attendance.
The $5.8 million project is slated to be the second LEED-certified building on campus.
The 21,000 square foot structure was designed by Michael Makio of Taniguchi Ruth Makio Architects and constructed by Orion Corporation. It will house classrooms, an expanded GCC Bookstore, and a café on the first floor, and the entire Adult Education Office on the second floor.
“We assist over 700 students a year in our Adult education and GED programs, and these new facilities will allow us to provide them even more focus and more assistance on their path to sustainability,” Okada said.
The Foundation Building’s LEED features include photovoltaic panels on the roof, a rainwater catchment system, energy efficient lighting and windows, furniture made of recyclable materials, and tiles from the original building reused in the renovation.
Architect: Taniguchi Ruth Makio Associates
Contractor: Orion Corporation
Cost: Construction: $4.5 million
(Approximately $1 million provided by GCC Foundation, and
$3.5 million from U.S. Department of Agriculture low interest loan )
Contingencies: (furniture, etc.) $331,870.40. (U.S. Dept. of Interior)
Photovoltaic panels: $248,000 (ARRA funding from Guam Energy Office)
Parking lot: $375,000 (ARRA State Fiscal Stabilization Funds)
A&E Design cost: $352,000 (GCC Foundation)
Total Project Cost: $5.8 million
Justification: Component of GCC 2005 Physical Master Plan projecting growth of the college through 2015.
Details: Two-story, 21,000 square foot facility designed to be LEED-certified. It will house seven classrooms, a conference room, a meeting room, 3 testing rooms, office spaces, and the expanded GCC Bookstore and a café. GCC’s entire Adult Education Office will occupy the second floor. GCC offers Adult Basic Education, an Adult High School Diploma program, a GED® program, and English as a Second Language through its Adult Ed Office. The building’s LEED features include digital temperature controls, energy efficient lighting and windows, photovoltaic panels on the roof, a rainwater catchment system, furniture made of recyclable materials, and tiles from the original building reused in the renovation.
The Foundation Building is the fourth new building to open on GCC’s campus in four years. In December 2009, the college opened its Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Allied Health Center, which houses the College’s pre- and practical nursing and medical assisting programs, and science and computer lab facilities. The Learning Resource Center opened in December 2010, and the new Student Center opened in December 2011.
The original Foundation Building was constructed in 1993 to house classrooms on the first floor and the GCC library upstairs. It was damaged during Supertyphoon Pongsona in December 2002, and underwent temporary repairs until a new building could be planned.