Southwest Education Center
New campus on south Chicago prairie expands community college reach, teaches lessons in sustainability
A new satellite campus helps Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) extend its program to better serve students in the rapidly growing southwest corner of its district. The Southwest Education Center (SWEC) features high-performance systems that improve indoor air quality, reduce building energy consumption by 45% over code requirements, and educate occupants about the benefits of green building design. The 31,000-square-foot center serves 480 students and offers academic, business-related, and workforce development courses.
- Second community college “stand-alone” off-campus facility in the US to achieve LEED Platinum certification
- Building owner received $330,000 in sustainable design/construction grants
- Narrow floor plan and long east-west axis bring natural light and outdoor views to 95% of interior areas
- Sustainable features include a daylight harvesting system, energy-efficient light fixtures, a geothermal heating and cooling system, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and landscaping, a green roof garden, and white reflective roofs.