By Lisa Apel-Gendron
CMCC sends warm wishes of congratulations and all goodness in the future to our grads! We are so proud of all of you!
Now that warmer weather is finally here, the final phase of our CollidEscape window film installation is underway. Although 90 percent of the installation was completed last summer, we needed to purchase several more rolls to finish the job. CollidEscape is an opaque film which is applied to the outside of windows. It suppresses infrared and ultraviolet solar radiation, which reduces cooling costs. It offers the added benefit of virtually eliminating bird collisions with windows, yet it does not obscure the view from inside the building.
This week, Aditi Desai, a producer from the communication department of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) stopped by to see CollidEscape in person, learn about its effectiveness over the past year, and shoot some video. ABC, based in Washington D.C., is a non-profit bird conservation organization with a mission of building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats and build capacity for bird conservation. One of ABC’s scientists, Dr. Christine Sheppard, was instrumental in helping CMCC explore options for treating our windows, which ultimately led to the decision to apply CollidEscape.
CMCC’s CollidEscape installation has been featured in architectural trade journals, conservation media and a variety of other publications. The video shot this week will eventually be featured on ABC’s website as a best practice with regard to retrofitting existing buildings to save energy and minimize bird strikes at the same time. Visit ABC at http://www.abcbirds.org/
How do you recycle? At CMCC, we recycle the usual items – cardboard, paper, bottles, cans, toner cartridges. But this week we kicked it up a notch by pulling a tilting literature rack out of the trash and refurbishing it. The facilities team of Rob Townsend and John Wade fixed the base and cleaned it up. Patricia Gandy, faculty support, made new header signs. We moved it to the second floor, near the testing office, filled it with college literature, and testing assistant Ali Iddin gave it an emphatic thumbs up. No one will know it was destined for the dumpster!