Sbrega Building Ribbon Cutting
We have cut the ribbon to the future of Bristol Community College with the official opening of the brand new zero net energy John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building!
The BCC community was joined by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Lt Governor Karyn Polito, Commissioner of Department of Energy Resources Judith Judson and many others in taking this momentous step for the College and the SouthCoast.
Click the slideshow below to see a photo recap of this incredible event.
Ribbon Cutting Video Recap
About the New Building
The 46,000 square foot LEED Platinum* certified John J. Sbrega Health and Science building is the largest Zero Net Energy** classroom and science lab building in the Northeast, winning regional and national awards for its innovative design and approach to sustainable construction at no additional cost.
The new building boasts the latest and most advanced technological resources available to educate BCC's students in the high-demand fields of nursing, dental hygiene, and life sciences. It features a campus-scale photovoltaic system which allows the building to use less than 20 percent of photovoltaic (conversion of light to electricity) production, along with an air source-ground source heating and cooling system, which allows the building to move away from fossil fuel usage.
Other sustainable building elements include solar hot water production, efficient LED lighting, and filtered ductless fume hoods which allow the building to utilize recirculated and reheated air. The architects also considered Fall River’s history in the building’s design elements which were influenced by commercial mills and textiles fundamental to the city’s past.
*LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED, green-building certification program rates building projects on their building strategies and practices using a point system to earn a rating. Platinum is the highest possible rating that can be achieved through LEED certification.
**A zero-net energy building produces enough renewable energy in the course of a year to meet the total amount of energy consumed by the building.