Bristol Community College broke ground this spring on the John J. Sbrega, Ph.D. Health and Science Building. The building construction aims to ensure a ‘Net Zero’ energy building, meaning that it will produce as much energy as it uses. This is an ambitious goal, especially for a building that contains so many laboratories. It will combine solar, geothermal, and other design strategies to reach LEED Platinum certification.
The building will create as much energy as it uses, which will result in little to no energy wasted. This innovative building is a true pioneer in the field of sustainability. As planned, it will be one of the first buildings of this type in the nation to be Net Zero.
Named by the Board of Trustees to honor current president John J. Sbrega, this will be the first new building on the Fall River campus since 2001 and one of the first buildings of its kind, in the county.
The construction budget is $27 million, funded by Governor Deval Patrick’s Higher Education Bond Bill. Another $19 million from the same bill will modernize three other buildings on the Fall River Campus. The BCC Foundation has stepped up to launch a multi-million dollar campaign to outfit the building.