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As Genesee Community College’s $42 million Facilities Master Plan to grow and expand its facilities progresses, the college’s improvement plans elsewhere haven’t taken a back seat.

Specifically, the college completed several energy conservation projects this summer to keep costs down and buildings efficient.

Director of Development and External Affairs Richard Ensman says the college has always been aggressive in maintaining it facilities.

“We have over 300,000 square feet of space here at the Batavia campus at GCC,” he said. “Just like any building like a home or a business, energy can be lost in a variety of different ways, so we are always looking for ways to be more economical in the way that we use our buildings.”

The work includes: replacing decades-old windows, improving the chilled water system to save 10 to 15 percent annually and installing new energy efficient LED lights and new ceiling tiles in the pool area. The HVAC system will be replaced this Fall as well.

Ensman says it’s about efficiency, but it’s also about taking pride in the campus.

“The college over the years has been very attentive to keeping the facilities in great shape,” Ensman said. “An independent architect over a year ago told us that the college is exceptionally well-maintained, really one of the best maintained campuses in the state university system.”

The upgraded campus will welcome students for orientation for the Fall semester this Friday. 

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