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Joliet Junior College Campus Master Plan

Campus-wide program with a focus on sustainable building for the future

In 2008, Joliet Junior College was faced with the need to expand key academic programs and existing campus facilities. The College’s goal was to develop programs that respond to changing labor market needs, providing students with modern learning resources and state-of-the-art technology and offering hands-on learning experiences that fully equip students for life beyond the classroom. Gilbane served as the program/construction manager to successfully implement this important campus master plan, while keeping the College’s overarching commitment to sustainability at the forefront. Major projects included:

  • Campus Center – $42 million | 115,000 SF | LEED Silver
  • Greenhouse and Classroom Building – $3.8 million | 11,960 SF | LEED Certified
  • Automotive Technology Facility Expansion – $4.72 million | 17,700 SF | LEED Silver
  • Facility Services Building – $7.1 million | 40,000 SF | LEED Gold
  • Natural Sciences Building – $21 million | 52,000 SF | LEED Silver
  • Health Professions Center – $43.7 million | 124,000 SF | LEED Silver

Due to the close proximity to the active campus, Gilbane worked closely with key project stakeholders to establish goals and expectations to ensure construction did not interfere with the ongoing educational environment. To effectively minimize disruption, logistics and safety were critical components of this campus-wide program. The project team was focused on the continued operation of the campus and the safety of everyone in and around the construction site. To ensure this goal became a reality, the team developed detailed site logistics plans, project phasing, security requirements, a quality program and a detailed safety plan.

Client Value

Joliet Junior College’s ultimate goal was to expand their campus facilities with an emphasis on sustainable building for the current student body as well as future generations to come. Gilbane took that mission to heart and ensured that sustainability was a priority on the entire campus program. As a result of the team’s commitment to sustainable building, all of the projects achieved LEED certification! Major energy savings also resulted from a 40-ton geothermal system installation and implementation of LED lighting on the Facility Services Building project.