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Thursday, July 24, 2014

WCC Building Open House Set for Oct. 23

The public is invited to attend an open house at WCC to celebrate the renovations and renaming of the College’s Occupational Education building on Sunday, Oct. 23. That afternoon it will be renamed the Larry L. Whitworth Occupational Education building in honor of WCC’s recently retired president.

The community open house takes place from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. The building’s instructional areas and environmentally green renovations will be showcased. A brief ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for invited guests precedes the open house.

People excited about environmentally friendly technology are encouraged to attend. The open house features a self-guided tour that highlights some of the changes made to the building over the last year. They include:

  • Rubber flooring and carpeting that are made from recycled materials
  • Drinking fountains that accommodate the refilling of water bottles to help reduce their impact on the environment
  • The use of natural light where possible to save electricity
  • Lighting sensors that switch off lights when classrooms and hallways are not occupied to help reduce energy consumption
  • LED lights powered entirely by solar panels
  • Two sets of rooftop solar panels that power the building’s domestic hot water system and the LED lights
  • A roof that combines a reflective energy efficient material and a live vegetative system to help preserve the building’s temperature
  • A water collection system that helps maintain the vegetative roof
  • A geothermal system that helps keep the building at a comfortable 76 degrees
  • Water-borne paint booths for the application of nontoxic paint used in automobile refinishing
  • Low-volume toilets and sinks that help reduce water usage

Representatives from the academic areas located in the building also will be on hand to answer questions about their programs.



Today’s Events

  1. 10:00am–2:00pm Oakland University Visit
  2. 11:00am–2:00pm Spring Arbor University Visit
  3. noon–4:00pm Eastern Michigan University Visit

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