Central College Platinum LEED Building

March 24, 2010

Totally awesome!!! Yea!! Here’s the news release:

PELLA — Central College was awarded a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its newly constructed education, psychology and communication studies building, which opened this past fall. The building received 55 out of 69 possible credits for incorporating environmentally friendly building design and construction practices. Read more by clicking on the news release!!

Here’s more words towards the bottom middle of the page under Private Colleges on the CampusGreenBuilder website. It is also mentioned on New College Sustainability Efforts on The Dernogalizer. The KNIA/KRLS radio station blog also has an article. Here are some photos I took last Fall when Grandpa Ron and I were there.

The Education, Psychology and Communication Studies building is really beautiful!

Frog Rainspout and Pool of Water

Close up of Frog

Inside Entry

Screen of Recycled Wood


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Wishing Good Friends the Best of Everything

April 18, 2010

This weekend my blog was quiet because Grandpa Ron and I flew to Des Moines, IA, to be part of the Central College (my undergraduate school) celebration in Pella, IA. David Roe, the President of Central College for the last ~ 12 years, his wife Betsy Roe, and daughters Caleigh and Caitlin were honored with a Texas-sized party in P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium last Saturday, April 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m to celebrate their gifts to the community, David’s retirement and move to DALLAS. Both of them are very special and have made a difference in our world. I am sure they will also make their mark on Dallas! Lots of students, former students, faculty, former faculty, friends, family, and townspeople came to say good-bye to the Roes, listen to fun and funny stories from several speakers, sample the BBQ food of Central Dining Services and listen to the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Steel Pans and Jazz Combos of Central College. Lots of people dressed in western attire. Afterwards, the party continued up-town with a dance at the Pella Opera House. We had great fun!

Here are some photos (and one video) I took. A few were way across the gymnasium so they came out a little fuzzy. If other photos or articles get posted by others, I’ll link to them later.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Conductor Smiles Through Crowd

Jan Freed

The Student MCs

David Wesselink, Chairman of the Board of Directors, announced that the newly constructed education, psychology and communication studies building, which opened this past fall, will henceforth be known as The Roe Center. Here is another youtube video of the dedication on May 14, 2010.

Table View 1

David and Betsy 1

David and Betsy 2

David and Betsy 3

Another Musical Interlude

Lots of Singing

Kim and Don

Table View 2

Table View 3

Decor 1

Decor 2

Best Wishes!

Most of my other daily blogs have ideas and activities to do with kids. Check out https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Interesting Visit To Share

October 31, 2009

Last Friday and part of Saturday Grandpa Ron and I were on the campus of Central College in Pella, Iowa. I am on the National Advisory Committee, which meets once a year on campus to advise the college president. We also had a tour of the new Education and Psychology Building which is one of the highlights of sustainability initiatives on the campus. It is a very beautiful building – and very GREEN! Go environment! Central is hoping to attain a LEED Platinum rating for the newest green building on campus.


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