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TCC Breaks Ground on Energy Technology Center

March 10, 2014

North Texas employees joined Fort Worth and higher education officials Monday, March 3, in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Energy Technology Center at Tarrant County College South Campus.

At 87,000 square feet, the Energy Technology Center will be the largest facility of its kind in the nation. It will house TCC's current Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program, as well as new programs in oil and gas, geothermal, wind generation and other energy technologies. 

"This Center will meet not only academic needs but also the needs of local industry," said TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. "Longtime energy technicians need training, retraining and certifications for new technologies, and they will find those opportunities right here."

The Center will be an innovative showcase of energy conservation. It is designed with a goal of LEED® Platinum certification, with solar panels, wind turbines and a geothermal system to achieve net zero energy use; and rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse to achieve net zero water use. All of those systems will be exposed, enabling students to observe them and integrating teaching opportunities into the building itself. The Center will also have 13 workshops, classrooms and a vegetated roof.

Freese and Nichols designed the facility in partnership with the BNIM architectural firm and main contractors. We are also providing construction management services.

Click below to watch a video of highlights from the event.