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Completed in August 2015, Champlain College's $24.5 million Center for Communication & Creative Media provides students and faculty with state-of-the-art facilities for current and emerging fields of study and serves as a campus center for student services. Along with renovations to the existing Hauke Center and Alumni Auditorium, a 42,000 square foot addition brings the structure to a total of 75,000 square feet.
As the new home of the Division of Communication and Creative Media (CCM), the CCM building houses all CCM faculty and academic spaces, including game and graphic design labs, sound studios, a filmmaking and broadcast media production stage, an art gallery and a drawing studio. In addition to being home to the largest academic division at Champlain, the building also contains several other strategic initiatives that will benefit the campus at large, including:
Transit Center. This is the primary transit portal for the campus, providing the College shuttle bus access between the main campus and its remote parking facility located along Lakeside Avenue. The main level of the building contains food and beverage services and a lounge area.
Campus Store/Mail Service. The main level contains floor area for campus mail and a retail store for books, gifts and College-branded merchandise.
Dining and Events Center. The College created a second dining facility within the CCM building in order to accommodate additional demand generated by the increased undergraduate residential population. In addition, the facility offers a large conference room space (capacity: 300 persons +/-) able to accommodate a variety of academic and social functions.
Alumni Auditorium Upgrades. The project includes improvements to Alumni Auditorium, a 200-seat theater/lecture hall, including new seating, lighting, HVAC, and audio-visual systems.
Hauke Center Upgrades. As part of the CCM Project, the Hauke Center received upgrades to its HVAC system, thermal envelope and finishes.
Energy Efficiency. Consistent with its mission to embrace sustainable technologies in the design, construction, and operation of its campus facilities, the College expanded its use of geothermal energy to heat and cool the new CCM building. The project includes an extension of its geothermal infrastructure (well-head production and piping to accomplish this goal). Champlain College has set a green design goal for this project of achieving Three Globes under the Green Globes rating system. This third-party certification program is run by The Green Building Initiative. Positioned as an alternative to USGBC's LEED program, it uses a checklist approach, granting projects points for areas in which they exceed standard industry practice. The system is more broadly adopted within Canada where it originated, but is building a market presence in the United States. To our knowledge, this will be the first Green Globes project within Vermont. A rating of Three Globes is viewed as equivalent to a Gold target under the LEED system.
A recent gift from Robert and Christine Stiller through the Stiller Family Foundation has helped fund capital investments in the new Center for Communications & Creative Media, thus freeing up space in the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology to house all business faculty and programs.
The College also received a $2 million gift from Sodexo to support the new CCM project. Sodexo is the contracted supplier of food for the campus cafeteria and catering.
To retain consistency, Champlain asked architect Colin Lindberg, who designed the Hauke Family Center and Alumni Auditorium in 1989, to design the Center for Communication and Creative Media. The Construction Manager of the project is H.P. Cummings.