The Advanced Technology Education Center opened in January 2018 on KCC's Riverfront Campus.
The 21,000 square-foot building incorporates a number of sustainable features, including geothermal wells, low-flow fixtures and high-efficiency lighting which meet requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification. KCC’s wind turbine and photovoltaic array also provide a portion of the center’s electricity.
The ATEC building houses KCC’s renewable energy programs, with 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. ATEC also houses continuing training for technicians and electricians who are already in the profession.
The college's Electrical Engineering Technology programs are coordinated by Professor Patrick Klette.
BLDD Architects of Chicago was the architect; and Piggush Simoneau, Inc. of Kankakee was the builder. Total construction cost was $6.2 million dollars, with $5 million funded through a 2014 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. KCC also expects to receive $150,000 in grant funds from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in recognition of the building’s sustainable and energy efficient design and construction. The money was allocated in 2015.