Illinois Central College plans to break ground Tuesday, September 30, at 2 pm, on a new Sustainability Center located on the corner of Illinois State Route 24 and College Dr. on its East Peoria Campus. Once complete, the estimated 26,000 sq. ft. facility will house the college’s academic programs concerning sustainability, as well as architecture, construction and HVAC/R programs. The building also will function as a community resource center.
“The Sustainability Center will represent the green and sustainability mission for the entire college and serve as a valuable resource for green building and sustainable development for our surrounding community,” said ICC President Dr. John Erwin. “The goal is for the Center to become a recognized source of inspiration and innovation to community stakeholders in green and sustainable practices while providing a cutting-edge educational experience for the next generation.”
The building will be LEED® certified and will incorporate integrated design elements which feature renewable energy technologies, natural ventilation strategies, roof gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, native landscape plantings and rain gardens.
Some of the features of the Sustainability Center include a Green Resource Center, an all-weather greenhouse, commercial refrigeration and sheet metal labs, an outdoor classroom and outdoor landscaping lab.
The approximately $7.5 million project is supported by Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, state funds and college reserves. It is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.
Illinois Central College is a two-year community college which provides a high-quality, affordable education to prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university. For more information about ICC and its programs, visit www.icc.edu.