Westmoreland County Community College | New Kensington Education Center

New Kensington, PA

The New Kensington Education Center Westmoreland County Community College is a new satellite campus which allowed Westmoreland County Community College to open its doors to students who live across the county. Catering to a wide range of students and professionals, the Center offers night classes and houses CareerLink, an organization that provides resources for job seekers. The college expects that the Education Center will act as a catalyst for development on Main St. of New Kensington, PA.

The Center is a flexible, dynamic building that houses academic classrooms, a high-tech video conferencing room, a science lab and office space. Colorful accent walls and a bold floor tile design make the interior fresh and engaging. Computer kiosks dot the student zone so students can check their email or catch up on the news.

New Kensington was designed to meet LEED standards. Built of a brownfield site it protected undeveloped land from construction. The total paving area was kept to a minimum to reduce the amount of impervious surfaces on the site and a rain garden was designed for storm water retention and filtration. Locally grown indigenous plants were specified to reduce impact from transportation and to support the local economy. A highly reflective thermo-plastic olefin (TPO) roof system was installed to reduce the heat island effect. The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems exceed minimum energy performance provisions set forth by ASHRAE. All interior architectural woodwork, adhesives and sealants contain low VOC.

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