By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Guam Community College held a groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the Student Support Services Building on July 28.
The $6.3 million project is funded through the Education Stabilization Fund and GCC’s Capital Projects fund.
The current facility, which is 2,856 sqft , will be expanded to more than double the size at total 8,942 sqft, and will house the GCC Student Success Center, among other services.
The Student Support Services building, or Building “B,” is a one-stop information center at the front of the campus, it houses campus security, the Night Administrator office, the GCC ID center, lost and found, and also provides support for students, employees, and visitors to campus. Upon its completion, the Assessment and Counseling Department will be relocated there for easier student access.
“This groundbreaking is a symbol of the dedication and commitment that you can see in Team GCC. Over the years, this team, has demonstrated that planning is the linchpin that allows our creative energies, transformational ideas, and innovation to occur,” said Mary Okada, GCC president.
The renovation will bring the building into compliance for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. There are currently three other buildings on campus with LEED certification.
Okada said there are two projects on campus nearing completion; the Gregorio G. Plaza Annex and the new Multipurpose Auditorium.
“These facilities will also be LEED certified, in alignment with our
sustainability practice for all new construction,” Okada said. “We are always proud of our role here at GCC in making a direct impact on our community. We believe this renovation will support students and their successful completion of postsecondary education.” (GCC)