|Grossmont College's Griffin Center|
Grossmont College’s two newest renovated buildings have received LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council, indicating that the buildings were designed, built and are operating using green strategies that incorporate energy and water efficiency and sustainable building materials.
|Student Services and Administration Building|
The Student Services and Administration Building serves as a one-stop gateway center for student services, including admissions and records, assessment, counseling, transfer center, international students, veterans affairs, and financial aid. The 37,233-square-foot complex also houses administrative and support services offices including cashier, business office, instructional operations, deans’ offices and college and community relations.
Before remodeling, the building surrounded an outdoor courtyard area, which now is enclosed and covered with a translucent high-bay atrium that uses natural light to lower energy consumption. The building’s skylights and green-tinted metal roof, which reflects the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, has helped reduce energy costs by more than 22 percent, compared to a similar size building not constructed using green strategies.
More than 95 percent of the wood installed in the building was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an environmental trade group. All of the building’s 118 rooms and 82 offices have lights that turn on and off depending on occupancy, and offices with exterior windows have low-e insulated glass that brings natural daylight into the building.
“We’re thrilled to be models in East County for using funds that encourage sustainability and protect our valuable resources,” Miles said. “This is indicative of the district’s ongoing focus on using resources wisely and saving money.”