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News Release

Contractor Receives National Award for John Tyler Community College Building Project

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager
804-594-1530
hwalker@jtcc.edu

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Heather Busch
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Released on November 10, 2010

News Release Highlights

  • Contractors who built John Tyler Community College’s Science Building receive national award for the project
  • JTCC’s Science Building is the first building in the Virginia Community College System to achieve LEED Silver Certification

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Congratulations to Gilbane Building Company, the contractor who built John Tyler Community College’s Midlothian Campus Science Building. Gilbane recently received a Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Project Achievement Award for its construction management of the Science Building. The national award was given in the category of buildings, new construction with a constructed value of less than $30 million. Gilbane was recognized for helping John Tyler cut one month from an already aggressive construction schedule and for utilizing a value engineering process that enabled more efficient use of the available funding.

About the John Tyler Community College Science Building:
In July, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded John Tyler Community College a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Science Building, making it the first college in the Virginia Community College System to earn such recognition. The 60,000-square-foot building, which opened for classes in the fall of 2009, houses the Midlothian Campus’ Library, science labs, student activities center and bookstore, as well as classrooms and faculty offices. The building’s green features include:

  • A green roof, which uses plants to retain storm water and to promote more efficient heating and cooling
  • Large windows throughout the building that allow natural lighting and connect those inside to nature
  • Low VOC (volatile organic compound)-emitting building materials, including paint, primers, and adhesives that improve air quality
  • Carpet, drywall, concrete and steel that contain a high amount of recycled content
  • Highly efficient plumbing fixtures that reduce water consumption
  • Landscaping that includes native plants, requiring minimal watering and maintenance
  • Bike racks, showers and changing rooms for those wishing to use alternative transportation
  • Dedicated parking spaces for those who drive fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles and for those who carpool

Additional information about the building, including a virtual tour, may be found at www.jtcc.edu/revive.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 20,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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