Golconda Job Corps Center students returned from summer break to a new, state-of-the-art dormitory, an ARRA project that generated local jobs and provided training opportunities for center students.
The 68-bed male dormitory, completed in late July, was built by 2M Construction Group, with Golconda students assisting in the installation of piping and a drainage system. Among other facility enhancements, the $3 million dormitory features several environmentally friendly features, including:
- The use of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing that is heat-reflective and -resistant, which reduces the energy output required to heat and cool the dorm
- Hardie Board Siding, made with recycled products originally extracted from local plants
- Energy-efficient lighting and ample windows to maximize natural light
- Energy Star-rated washers and dryers
- Independent water and energy meters that measure energy output and compare it to other buildings
- Low-flow showers, sinks, and toilets, energy-efficient water heaters, boilers, and air conditioning units