It can get chilly in Moline, Illinois, which is why Black Hawk College has a tradition of infrastructure that allows students to go from building to building on campus without stepping outside. Now, the school has a new, green addition to that network of connected buildings, the Black Hawk Sustainable Technologies Building.
According to KWQC, the college recently broke this $3.7 million, 13,000-square-foot facility, which will be home to both classrooms and lab space. Green features include a 11 kilowatt wind turbine, a 48-well geothermal field to heat and cool building, two 20-panel solar arrays, a green roof, solar thermal heating (to supplement a hot water heater) and natural daylighting throughout.
Black Hawk College reports that the building will be home to its new Materials Science Technology and Sustainable Technologies programs, giving students an opportunity to learn about renewable energy even as they experience it powering and heating their classrooms. (Since 2008, Black Hawk College has offered a certificate program in Sustainable Energy.)
The college anticipates that construction will be complete in April of 2012.