Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) celebrated the grand opening of its new Sustainability and Innovation Hub in April 2016. A former PECO building on a brownfield site in Pottstown, where the college has one of its three campuses, was the subject of a multi-phase major renovation and adaptive reuse project. Academic programs to be implemented at the Hub dovetail with the two-year institution’s advocacy and practice of using modern teaching methods and technologies to prime students for success in their chosen career fields.
What was originally an electrical generating station built in 1911 was transformed into a flexible, functional educational facility with an aquaponics teaching lab, an innovation lab, two electrical engineering labs and a classroom.The effort revitalized the historic building’s systems and interior spaces while retaining the best aspects of its rough-hewn industrial character.
The MEP systems were completely replaced with new, energy efficient equipment with fully programmable controls. Although intentionally visible throughout most of the facility, the HVAC system is seen but not heard in the learning environment. Special features include a rooftop unit specific to humidity control in the aquaponics lab; lighting controls; and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
For more about the project, including a video of the aquaponics lab, click here.