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Workforce Development Center

The College's commitment to sustainability is manifest in the Workforce Development Center (WDC). Opened in 2006, the WDC is the first state funded building in Illinois to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Conceptualized in collaboration with area employers, the WDC supports the district's economic development through technology focused degree and certificate programs as well as customized training.

The 100,000 square foot building exemplifies green design, construction and operation in the following ways:

  • Geothermal heating and cooling to optimize building energy performance,
  • Ventilation units that provide 100% outside air supply while efficiently recovering heat from the exhaust air stream,
  • Abundant use of windows including a large atrium skylight to reduce the use of artificial light sources during daylight hours and improve occupant productivity,
  • Occupancy sensors for lighting throughout the facility,
  • Use of highly reflective and efficient light fixtures such as T-5 fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs,
  • Sensors on bathroom fixtures to reduce water waste and keep facility more sanitary,
  • State-of-the-art carbon dioxide monitoring equipment to ensure high quality indoor air,
  • Recycled-content construction materials,
  • Paint, carpeting, adhesives, sealants and wood with lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs),
  • Ground-facing outdoor light fixtures to reduce light pollution,
  • Low maintenance landscaping for more efficient water use,
  • Recycling bins for paper, cans and plastic bottles placed throughout the facility,
  • Green housekeeping practices which utilize less toxic cleaning materials,
  • Green star or other certified green furnishings
  • Energy Star computers and appliances,
  • Recycling of over 90% of the construction waste.