October 7, 2014 was a “golden” day at OCC. Rick Fedrizzi, the President, CEO and Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council came to the College to participate in a significant ceremony. Fedrizzi presented OCC with two LEED Gold plaques for its two newest buildings, Academic II and the SRC Arena and Events Center. The ceremony was held in the spacious and breathtaking Instrument and Choral Rehearsal room in Academic II.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a third-party certification system that ensures buildings are designed and constructed using green building principles. Both Academic II and the SRC Arena and Events Center use considerably less energy and water than conventional buildings of their types, and were constructed using significant amounts of recycled content.
During the LEED Gold presentation ceremony Fedrizzi commended OCC for making difficult choices when the buildings were being designed. “It would have been very easy for the College leadership to say, ‘we’re spending enough on these buildings. Let’s dress these things up. It will look great and no one will know the difference.’ But this College made the decision doing that wasn’t good enough. You wanted to do something that was better for the students, the faculty, and ultimately the community at-large. The commitment to make these buildings perform even better than they look is an investment in the world around us. Your leadership on this project isn’t everyday kind of stuff.”
Prior to the ceremony Fedrizzi held a question and answer session with nearly 100 students and campus community members. He also visited the Whitney Applied Technology Center and spent time with students enrolled in the Architectural Technology and Interior Design majors. “It’s awesome that he came here to speak with us,” said Ivan Hanson, a sophomore Architectural Technology major from Christian Brothers Academy. “It was very inspirational to meet him and hear his message. For someone who leads an international organization to spend time talking with us about what we are learning in class and to be able to exchange ideas with him was an amazing opportunity.”