Lorain County Community College’s Entrepreneurship Innovation Center (EIC), which opened in May, is the first new construction building in Lorain County to be officially LEED® certified. 

The EIC building earned a silver rating from the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the College was recently notified of the rating by its architectural firm, Clark & Post Architects Inc. The silver rating means the EIC building met the required points to be officially LEED® certified in six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. 

“The College and the community at large should take pride in this achievement,” said Ron Cocco of Clark & Post.

“LCCC’s Entrepreneurship Innovation Center is dedicated to successfully moving people and businesses through the innovation continuum by fusing and mobilizing the collective resources of the college, the community and our partners,” said Jim Shanahan, director of LCCC’s Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute. “The goal of the Center is to stimulate and nurture good ideas, help them grow into viable businesses and then sustain them to provide good jobs and increase the quality of life in our community.”

The EIC is a 45,000 square foot, three-story, state-of-the-art resource for businesses and entrepreneurs. The facility offers the latest in technology communications and systems, including video conferencing, multi-media presentation equipment, flexible meeting and training space and computer labs.  

“The building design and placement provides lowest impact to existing wetlands and includes natural landscaping with native Ohio and naturalized species, including blueberry bushes. The building materials and systems conserve the earth’s natural resources,” said Laura Carissimi director of LCCC’s Facilities Planning. “As a green building, only environmentally friendly cleaning products are used.”

“The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings,” Cocco said. “LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability.”

The first floor of the facility is home to Entrepreneur’s Corner presented by COSE in association with the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Growth Partnership, North Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce, West Shore Entrepreneur’s Club, and the Entrepreneur’s Edge. This resource provides home-based business owners and traveling entrepreneurs a location to get work done on the run. Meeting rooms for 5 to 75 are fully equipped with videoconferencing, teleconferencing, multimedia stations and flexible configurations.  Also, located on the first floor is LCCC’s Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute, the College’s office that connects entrepreneurs and business owners with the breadth of resources available to them through LCCC.

The second floor is home to GLIDE (Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise) and inside the GLIDE office space is the Women’s Development Center as well as satellite space for the Small Business Development Center of Lorain County.  The second floor also houses local businesses Sooy & Company and Clear Image Technology. The third floor houses Banyan Technology.

“The remaining second and third floor space is customizable for businesses in a creative, stimulating environment, with direct access to a network of college and community resources designed to help them grow,” Carissimi said.

January 28, 2008


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