Walls exposing the color-coded mechanical infrastructure of Tarrant County College’s new Energy Technology Center (ETC) at South Campus are among the Center’s unique aspects that will position TCC as the premier training institution for commercial and industrial air conditioning.
TCC officials will be joined by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and the project’s managing architect Robert Pence, president and CEO of Freese & Nichols, Inc., for the groundbreaking ceremony. It will cost nearly $33 million to construct the 87,000-square-foot facility that will be largest of its kind in the nation.
Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, Board President Louise Appleman and South Campus President Peter Jordan will participate in the ceremony. Also sharing in the event will be board members O.K. Carter, William Greenhill, Conrad C. Heede, Gwendolyn Morrison, Kristin Vandergriff and Robyn Winnett along with Vice Chancellor Nina Petty, who oversees Real Estate and Facilities for the District.
Monday, March 3
Tarrant County College South Campus
5301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
The sustainable, learning and training center is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status with the stretch goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The U.S. Green Building Council normally awards final designations six months or so following construction.
The Center allows for much needed growth for the existing Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Programs. It also opens the door for the expansion to include new programs of Geothermal Technology, Wind Generation, Active Solar, Oil and Gas Technology and Industrial Technology.
During the ceremonies, the South Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Stitzel and the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Marching Band, directed by Michael Polk will perform.
South Campus opened in 1967 as the first campus after the District was established by county-wide vote July 31, 1965. TCC, the 15th-largest highest education institution in the nation, offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Continuing Education courses, workshops and customized training programs.
TCC has five campuses throughout Tarrant County, including the Trinity River Campus East Center for Health Care Professions, and the TCC Opportunity Center that assists employers in training their workforces.