The $10 million St. Louis Community College William J. Harrison Northside Education Center in St. Louis has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. St. Louis’ Kwame Building Group was the construction manager and owner’s representative on the center, which opened for classes in August of 2010.
The 31,000-square-foot education center in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood of north St. Louis City features an art studio, science and computer labs, five classrooms, multi-purpose community room, bookstore, commons area, outreach center and administrative offices. Green elements include energy efficient heating and cooling systems with heat pumps in offices and classrooms for individual comfort; controllable lighting; recycled materials; low VOC paint; and non-toxic building materials and furnishings.
The Harrison Center is the second sustainable LEED building project that KWAME has managed for St. Louis Community College. KWAME also served as project manager on the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood campus, which received LEED Gold certification in February of 2008.
St. Louis Community College serves more than 100,000 students annually, has a staff of more than 7,000 and a 2010 operating budget of $164.5 million.