College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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Facility Focus PHOTOS © PAUL SCHLISMANN C AREER EDUC AT ION Joliet Junior College Automotive Technology Center A S PART OF AN AMBITIOUS effort to accommodate an increase in enrollment and provide a technologically advanced learning environment for students, Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL, unveiled its expanded, state-of-the-art automotive technology center and learning facility in time for the 2012 fall semester. Designed by Wight & Company, a leader in integrated architecture, engineering, and construction solutions, the automotive technology expansion includes a commercial shop area with 16 service bays, four new classrooms, a dedicated customer service area, and new parts and equipment storage rooms. "The addition not only creates a supe- rior learning environment for Joliet Junior College students, but helps fi ll a real need as there is a shortage of automotive repair workers in the local area," says Ed Faron, project manager for Wight & Company. "Students now have computers at each vehicle service bay for convenient access to instructional literature, repair guidelines, and automotive part diagrams. In-ground vehicle lifts provide the highest quality facility for auto repair. And, the four new classrooms dedicated to automotive instruction are outfitted with projectors and screens for instructor presentations." The 17,000-sq.-ft. expansion was part of the school's $189M, seven-building master plan. The $5M expansion of the automotive building on the main campus enabled Joliet Junior College to accommodate even more students, satisfy the increased demand in automotive courses, and provide a better layout overall for labs and classrooms. Today, the high-tech nature of the program is fueling even more demand — the program has become so popular there is currently a waiting list for students that want to enroll. Wight & Company had sustainability in mind when designing the LEED Silvercertified expansion. Green elements incorporated include: LED lighting fi xtures, high-efficiency HVAC equipment, skylights to utilize natural light, bio-trench areas for controlled discharge into the sewer system, and native landscaping. Also, 75 percent of the project's construction waste was recycled. JANUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 67

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