The Advanced Technology Education Center is now under construction on KCC's Riverfront Campus. The groundbreaking was held Tuesday, March 31, 2015 and completion is expected in April 2016.
The 21,000 square-foot ATEC building will be home to KCC’s renewable energy programs. It will contain 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. The ATEC facility also will house continuing training for technicians and electricians who are already in the profession.
The college's Electrical Technology programs are coordinated by Professor Tim Wilhelm, recipient of the 2013 Interstate Renewable Energy Council 3i Award in the category of Clean Energy Trainer of the Year.
The center will incorporate a number of sustainable features, including geothermal wells, low-flow fixtures and high-efficiency lighting and will 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 will provide a portion of the center’s electricity.
BLDD Architects of Chicago is the architect, and Piggush Simoneau, Inc. of Kankakee is the builder. Total construction cost is $6.2 million dollars, with $5 million funded through a 2014 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.