The $7 million Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) is now under construction on Kankakee Community College’s (KCC) Riverfront Campus with completion expected in the Fall of 2018.
The 21,000 square-foot ATEC building will be home to KCC’s renewable energy programs. It will contain classrooms, labs, offices, and support spaces to provide hands-on technical training in fields such as wind generation, solar thermal, solar photo-voltaic systems, and electrical (National Electric Code NEC) instruction. The ATEC facility also will house continuing training for technicians and electricians who are already in the profession.
The college’s Electrical Technology programs are coordinated by Professor Tim Wilhelm, recipient of the 2013 Interstate Renewable Energy Council 3i Award in the category of Clean Energy Trainer of the Year.
The center is pursuing U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold Certification and will incorporate a number of sustainable features, including geothermal wells, low-flow fixtures and high-efficiency lighting in addition to KCC’s wind turbine and photovoltaic array, which will provide a portion of the center’s electricity.
Steve Oliver, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP