State, city leaders dedicate 'green' building at BCTC Newtown Campus

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - State and city leaders helped Bluegrass Community and Technical College celebrate its 75th anniversary and officially dedicate its Newtown Campus.

The Newtown Campus Classroom Building has been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The award recognizes that the building uses "best-in-class" green features that include motion detection controlled lights, sun shades on key windows and permeable pavement in parking areas.

Technology has come a long way since BCTC started offering classes in 1939. Now, the college has six campuses and three centers that are within a 30-minute drive to most central Kentuckians.

Officials say these improvements will help make the college viable in the future.

"We're building a building that we want to last forever, not just for 10 years or 20," says Mark Manuel, Vice President of Workforce & Industrial Development. "These buildings will have students in them 50 or 60 years from now, and maybe, 75 years from now when we're all celebrating the 150th."

After the ceremony, guests could tour the Newtown Campus Classroom Building and check out some of the its green features. It opened last year.

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