Gainesville, Fla. – The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) invites the media to attend the Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 groundbreaking ceremony at 3:30 p.m. The event will take place at 13614 Progress Blvd. located in Alachua, Fla. at Progress Corporate Park. 

Reporters are invited to attend an on-site reception, immediately following the ceremony.  An architectural rendering of the new building, which features 31,000 square-feet of space, will be on display. The Haskell Company of Jacksonville is the design-build firm. NCCER plans to move in the fall of 2011.

“NCCER has been blessed with tremendous growth since moving to Gainesville in 1996,” said NCCER President Don Whyte. “NCCER is the leading workforce development organization for the construction and maintenance industry,” added Whyte. “With the critical workforce challenges facing the industry as it moves from downturn to recovery, NCCER anticipates aggressive growth.  NCCER is pleased to be building a permanent home that will support the local economy and the city of Alachua. We are excited about the opportunities as we continue to serve today’s craft professional and the industry for many years to come.”

The building will be designed to LEED silver certification. LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

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