Since 1966, Kankakee Community College (KCC) has provided a quality education to thousands of students each year on the banks of the Kankakee River. With class sizes steadily increasing as well as the demand for a wider range of academic offerings, expanding the small, local community college was a necessity. In order to better serve the community at large, plans were made to create satellite campuses outside of Kankakee, including the Kankakee Community College North Extension in Bradley, Illinois.
In 2007, KCC pledged the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, requiring any structure they build to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Silver standard or higher. With this goal in mind, the school teamed up with Heritage Development & Construction and Demonica Kemper Architects to draw up plans for its new expansion. The result was a stunning, two-story facility spanning 18,353 square-feet, featuring the school’s new massage therapy program and cutting-edge classrooms to house credit courses, corporate training, and GED classes.