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TEC-SMART tops out

If the project stays on track, the completed building will be turned over to HVCC in December.

"We have high expectations in having this building ready for the spring semester of 2010," said Joseph Sarubbi, executive director of TEC-SMART.

In keeping with its focus on green jobs, TEC-SMART was designed to qualify for Gold certification from the LEED green design program.

"We really believe in the tangible and intangible benefits of sustainable design," said Michael Kihn, Perkins+Will's managing principal for the project. "The TEC-SMART building exemplifies sustainable design at its best."

The campus will be home to 65 vertical geothermal wells, three wind turbines and two banks of photovoltaic solar panels that will provide power to the campus as well as training for students.

The building itself will be lined with 14,000 square feet of salvaged hemlock paneling.

TEC-SMART is short for Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies.""

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