The largest building ever to be constructed at Young Harris, the Rollins Campus Center is the social and intellectual heart of campus.
The glass, brick, timber and stone building was designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The Rollins Campus Center was awarded LEED Gold certification by the Green Building Certification Institute, making it the first building on the YHC campus to achieve gold certified status and the fifth LEED-certified facility on the YHC campus. The campus center features several sustainable systems including a geothermal exchange system of 180 wells that use the earth’s naturally constant temperature to heat and cool the building. Radiant heating and cooling elements called “chilled-beams” offer quiet comfort without fan noise or additional energy use. High-performance glass allows for expansive mountain views and ample daylight to spaces. Porch cover shades the Southern sun, plus a pattern of silk-screened glass on the library’s dramatic bay window helps reduce heat gain.
Regional materials include careful use of rustic stone and wood timbers—harvested, extracted or manufactured within 500 miles of the College—with crisp and modern detailing as a forward-looking take on local and regional approaches to building and craft along the spine of the Appalachian Trail. The center optimizes the surrounding mountain views and maximizes outdoor space with numerous expansive porches that create a relaxing space for students to socialize and study.
The RCC features dining options featuring Chick-fil-A and Starbucks as well as a 40,000-square-foot library named in honor of two of YHC's most distinguished alumni.
The remarkable O. Wayne Rollins Foundation helped make the center possible through a $22 million lead gift for the construction of the facility.
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