Heartland Community College

Workforce Development Center

Workforce Development Center - Normal, IL


Heartland Community College's new Workforce Development Center is a comprehensive economic development resource for area businesses and industry. It supports vocational instruction, including computer science, electronics, office technology, machine tool, maintenance, and manufacturing technology.

This project has achieved LEED certification.


Source Award
2007 Excellence in Engineering Award, ASHRAE Illinois Chapter


  • Designed for LEED certification as a pilot project for the Illinois Capital Development Board, the Center was the first LEED-certified building funded by the state.
  • Energy modeling utilizing eQuest indicates a 50% more efficient building than required under current energy codes. The energy savings equates to a reduction of 2.64 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually.
  • The building was designed with a geothermal heat pump system, including with 180 closed-loop, 300-foot deep wells and water source heat pumps for space heating and cooling. Installation of the geothermal heat pump system avoided a costly addition to the central plant boiler and chiller system. The capital cost will be offset by energy cost savings, producing a 22% return on investment.
  • With miles of buried piping required for the geothermal system, G/BA and team partner BLDD designed a piping vault that allows easy access to the well field header and shut-off valves, allowing isolation of sections of the well field piping.
  • Tempered ventilation air is distributed directly to the heat pumps while reducing energy consumption by utilizing 80% efficient thermal energy recovery systems.
  • The water source heat pumps installed in the HVAC instruction area will be used for hands-on training of students being prepared for HVAC technician trades, as well as providing heating and cooling for the classrooms.
  • Energy efficient lighting and controls employ occupancy sensors, photocells, and time-of-day operating schedules.
  • A high-efficiency building envelope reduces energy loss, decreases HVAC capacity requirements, and enhances occupant comfort.
  • Low-flow water fixtures reduce water consumption and lessen impact on treatment plants.
  • A direct digital control system and electrical sub-metering of lighting and HVAC systems allow for measurement and verification of the energy savings and fine-tuning of control loops and operating schedules.