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COM to Break Ground on Science Math Central Plant Complex

Ceremony on Sept. 15 celebrates start of largest green building project on campus

COM Science / Math / Central Plant Complex

KENTFIELD, Calif.—Sept. 2, 2009—College of Marin is breaking ground on the long-awaited Science Math Central Plant Complex, the largest green construction project on campus. It will eventually house Science, Math and Nursing programs, an IT department and a central power plant.

“We are all very excited about this project,” said Frances L. White, superintendent and president. “We are very thankful for the community’s support of the 2004 bond measure that is now making the improvements to College of Marin possible,” White said.

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. to be held in Parking Lot #4, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. There will be live music and refreshments. The event is free of charge.

The three-story, 70,000-square-foot building to be located on Kentfield’s upper campus is designed to blend with the college landscape. The highest elevation will be towards the inner campus rather than on Laurel Street. It will house classrooms, labs, meeting spaces, staff and faculty offices. There will also be a telescope pad on the roof.  Energy-saving features will be built into the conservation-oriented T-shaped building designed by San Francisco-based ED2 International.

The college has applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, an internationally recognized green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The system recognizes performance sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

College of Marin Board of Trustees passed a resolution in July 2004 adopting green building principles that govern all construction at the college. Since 2007, the college has begun or completed four other projects: the Diamond Physical Education Complex, the IVC Main Building, the IVC Transportation Technology Complex, and most recently, the Fine Arts Building.
These projects, aimed at providing students and the community workforce with state-of-the-art education and training, have all been funded by the passage in 2004 of the $249.5 million Measure C bond for facilities maintenance, job training and safety.


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