WACO (March 21, 2013)—McLennan Community College is going green and will celebrate its third building to receive LEED certification Thursday.
The Science Building received gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and is the second building to reach gold status.
The buildings are constructed in a way to help conserve energy, support water efficiency and improve overall environmental quality and points are awarded based on the level of “green” a building is.
Gold is the second-highest rating while platinum ensures the highest certification.
The school’s Emergency Services Education Center which serves all fire, law enforcement and EMS professionals in McLennan County, earned a platinum LEED rating.
The ESEC also houses several of MCC's programs.
On Thursday, MCC will celebrate the science building’s gold certification.
Though the Science Building was built in 2009, the school will unveil its gold certification plaque which will be displayed with the building.
The 102,000-square-foot facility is the largest building on campus and is considered by school officials as the most technologically up-to-date building on campus with classrooms, labs, offices, a greenhouse, a museum and aquarium, and an outdoor classroom.