The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation has received a check for $17,777.50 from the Kalamazoo architecture firm of Eckert Wordell. The funds came from the federal tax crediting program 179 D which is meant to promote energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Because Kalamazoo Valley Community College is a public institution and therefore not subject to federal taxes, the design professional for the Student Services wing is allowed to apply for tax credits on behalf of the college.
The funds were awarded because the new wing at the Texas Township Campus, which was designed by Eckert Wordell, meets a number of energy efficiency standards.
Eckert Wordell principal and KVCC Foundation Board member David Jarl said the new wing, which opened in January 2011, was designed with energy efficiency in mind. The wing was constructed with many features that result in lower energy consumption. The building was designed with high insulation values for the walls and roof, to capitalize on natural day lighting and the lamps installed in the light fixtures are highly efficient.
A living, green roof over the wing adds to the efficiency by absorbing storm water and increasing added insulation capabilities.
The donated funds will boost the Foundation’s ability to grant student scholarships and to support academic programs.