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Model in Green Technology: Winn Center at Cosumnes River College

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Rendering of the Winn Center when completed.
The Winn Center on the Cosumnes River College (CRC) campus will be unique as one of the few instructional buildings with LEED certification on California community campuses.

Completion of the Winn Center for Architecture and Construction Technology is scheduled for fall 2013. Its 24,000 square feet will serve as a gathering place for construction and architecture professionals, provide classroom space and laboratories. It will also be home to  photography and pharmacy programs.

The $13.7 million center will be funded by local bond money and private donations, the largest contributed by brothers Mike, Tom and Pete Winn. Theirs is the largest private gift in the history of CRC.

The Winn family operated Winncrest Homes. In 2000 the company merged with Lennar Communities, a national home building titan.

At the groundbreaking ceremony held Monday, Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, gave the keynote address. Other speakers were Tim Fry and Mark Cirksena, Lionakis/DPR, the Design Build Team; Bonnie Pannell, Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brice Harris and CRC President Deborah Travis and others.

"Building energy efficient homes, hospitals, offices, schools – entire communities – is a challenging endeavor." Mike Winn explained. "The fact is very few careers require such a wide, interesting array of skills and relationships."

Winn said that he hopes "today marks the beginning of Sacramento’s next building cycle."

Tom Winn mingles with people attending the groundbreaking ceremony.
Mike Winn, with his hands on the shovel, during the groundbreaking.
Miike Winn is the president of Michael Winn Associates, a Sacramento-based land development and planning company.


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