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Heartland Community College

LEED Certified Buildings

We are proud to have multiple Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificatied buildings on our campus.

The College tries to accept responsibility for and reduce the campus’ environmental impact, and is committed to designing new campus construction to meet LEED standards.

  • LEED Gold: National Guard Readiness Center, 2015
  • LEED Certified: Workforce Development Center, 2009
  • Designed to meet LEED standards (did not pursue formal certification):
    • Astroth Community Education Center
    • Fitness and Recreation Center
    • Child Development Lab
    • Shipping & Receiving
    • Instructional Commons North

Workforce Development Center

The College's commitment to sustainability is manifest in the Workforce Development Center (WDC), the first state-funded building and the campus’ first building to seek LEED certification. 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
  • 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
  • Green star or other certified green furnishings
  • Energy Star computers and appliances
  • Recycled of over 90% of the construction waste