Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) received another gold star for going green.
The College’s Advanced Technology Training Center (ATTC) has earned Tri-C its third LEED® Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. The LEED Green Building Rating System serves as the national benchmark for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings.
LEED certification is based on measured and documented evidence of sustainable design. Gold certification represents a significant improvement in operational efficiency, sustainability and health compared with a building simply built to code.
The ATTC – which opened on Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus in August 2012 – is an energy-efficient building that saves the College an estimated $15,000 a year in utilities. Sustainable features include rain gardens and a water retention basin that allow storm water to be managed onsite; plumbing fixtures that reduce water consumption by 43 percent; and windows and building orientation that take advantage of natural light.
The 50,000-square-foot structure links workforce education to the latest technology. The building includes versatile high bay labs, multi-purpose training areas, classrooms and administrative space for workforce development programs. The ATTC, combined with the College’s Unified Technologies Center, is the largest technology training complex in Ohio.
Braun & Steidl Architects designed the building, which sits on a five-acre site at East 30th Street and Woodland Avenue. It was built on a budget of $13.1 million.
“Sustainability at Tri-C means achieving the College’s educational and community missions with a sense of responsibility for preserving the environment, promoting the economy, and improving society as a whole,” said David November, sustainability manager for Tri-C. “The Advanced Technology Training Center addresses several aspects of sustainability by providing workforce training in support of our local economy, and doing so in an energy efficient and healthy building.”
The ATTC joins two other Tri-C structures with Gold certification. The Eastern Campus Health Careers and Technology Center in Highland Hills attained the honor in July 2011, while the Westshore Campus Health Careers and Sciences Center in Westlake gained the designation in December 2012.
A fourth building – the Brunswick University Center – earned LEED Silver certification in June 2011. Tri-C created a Sustainability Plan in 2010 to guide sustainability efforts.