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Volume 17, Number 1 - November 2008

'Green' Buildings Slated for Northeast Regional Center and Main Campus

groundbreaking ceremony
Federal, state and local officials join College Trustees, President Curtis and neighborhood leaders at the ceremonial NERC groundbreaking)

The College held a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 3 to announce the $31 million expansion and renovation of the College's Northeast Regional Center, on Townsend Road near Benjamin Rush Park in Northeast Philadelphia.

The project will expand the existing building from 60,000 sq. ft. to 117.540 sq. ft., using cutting-edge, green-building technology and construction methods. The project is expected to be completed by 2010.

It is one of two major construction and renovation projects the College is beginning this year. On Nov. 21, the College will hold another groundbreaking ceremony for a $56 million expansion and renovation of the Main Campus, which will include the construction of a new environmentally friendly building called the Pavilion and major renovation of parts of the Bonnell, Mint and West buildings. Work is expected to be completed on the Main Campus project in 2011.

"In both instances we are expanding enrollment capacity, enhancing specific programmatic space and strengthening our ability to deliver effective student services," President Curtis said. "We look forward to the many positive opportunities these buildings will provide for our students."

At the Northeast Regional Center (NERC), the College plans to use cutting-edge, green construction methods and technology to build a new three-story building, adjacent to the existing NERC. The project will provide state-of-the-art classrooms and technology rich space that can accommodate nearly double the 1,500 full-time students currently there. In addition, there will be new student amenities, including expanded dining services and an expanded bookstore.

"I like what I see at Community College of Philadelphia," said U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, who helped the College obtain a $1.6 million federal grant for the NERC project, and who joined President Curtis at the NERC groundbreaking on Oct. 3. "I very much appreciate the tremendous work you are doing here."

During the NERC groundbreaking ceremony, State Senator Michael Stack, announced a gift of an additional $1 million in state capital budget money for the NERC expansion. U.S. Representatives Allyson Schwartz and Patrick Murphy, who were unable to attend the groundbreaking, also assisted the College in obtaining a $282,000 federal grant for the NERC project. Barnes & Noble Booksellers also donated $1 million to the NERC and Main campus projects. "Once completed, the (NERC) project will enable the College to address enrollment demand and to expand current program offerings in Accounting, Business, Culture Science and Technology, Education, Justice, Liberal Arts, Honors and Management," President Curtis said. "Several new programs also will be offered at the NERC, including Emergency Medical Technology, Computer Forensics, Health Services Management, Biotechnology, Bioprocessing, and Business and Industry training."

The College anticipates that the Main and NERC construction projects will qualify to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver-certified, college or university buildings in Philadelphia. Periodic updates on the construction projects can be found at