Guam Community College held a groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the Student Support Services Building, on Thursday, July 28, 2022. The current facility, which is 2,856 square feet, will be expanded to more than double the size at total 8,942 square feet, and will house the GCC Student Success Center, among other services.
The Student Support Services building, or Building “B”, is a one-stop information center at the front of the campus, it houses campus security, the Night Administrator office, the GCC ID center, lost and found, and also provides support for students, employees, and visitors to campus. Upon its completion, the Assessment and Counseling Department will be relocated there for easier student access.
“This groundbreaking is a symbol of the dedication and commitment that you can see in Team GCC. Over the years, this team, has demonstrated that planning is the linchpin that allows our creative energies, transformational ideas, and innovation to occur,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President.
While the building is being renovated students and visitors can seek the same services in Building “C” adjacent to Building “B". These services will return to Building “B” when it is done by 2024. The construction contract total amount is $6,318,497.00 and is funded through the Governor’s Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) and GCC’s Capital Projects fund.
The renovation will bring the building into compliance for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. There are currently three other buildings on campus with LEED certification.
Okada stated there are two projects on campus nearing completion; the Gregorio G. Plaza Annex and the new Multipurpose Auditorium. “These facilities will also be LEED certified, in alignment with our sustainability practice for all new construction,” Okada added. “We are always proud of our role here at GCC in making a direct impact on our community. We believe this renovation will support students and their successful completion of postsecondary education.”