Projects: Southwest Education Center
site work began in spring 2009 on the Southwest Education Center at
17900 S. 94th Ave., Tinley Park. The $10.5 million project
will be the college's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) certified building. The center opened
in October 2010.
The center, which is approximately 32,000 square feet, features:
Classrooms, science labs, computer rooms and multipurpose rooms
Quiet study room, and tutoring and testing centers
A cyber café with an outdoor seating area
Bike racks will be available to encourage alternate modes of transportation.
Some of the LEED features in the building design and surrounding site include a geothermal heating and cooling system to reduce the building's overall energy consumption, and daylighting, sun harvesting and lighting controls. These daylight-compensating controls will reduce the need for artificial lighting.
Water-efficient landscaping will utilize native plant species, vegetative bioswales, porous paving materials and water retention ponds. Recycled materials will be used throughout the building wherever possible.
Classes will include a mix of general education, introductory career courses, noncredit and continuing education classes. Student support services such as registration, financial aid, and counseling also will be available.