By Max Ward / Co-Sports Editor
Ground broke Tuesday, Sept. 24 on an 18-month, $52.1 million building project dedicated to math and technology.
The new building, which will be referred to as Building V, is on a corner of Clark Avenue and Carson Street.
The design shows the new building housing the Math Department, a student success center, Reprographics Department and the Culinary Arts Program. The building will contain more than 45,000 square feet in technology space and 76,886 square feet in total usable space.
The state-of-the-art culinary program will feature a demonstration kitchen and restaurant, a production kitchen, a baking kitchen, a skills kitchen, a multi-use kitchen and a culinary resource center.
Building V has 25 classrooms and two math labs with 12 40-seat and three 80-seat classrooms.
The money needed to afford the project will be provided by Measure E, a facilities construction and modernization bond approved by the voters of the LBCC District in 2008. This will be LBCCD’s second design project to date.
President Eloy Oakley said, “Our continued investment in our infrastructure and student programs on both campuses will allow us to meet the demands of our economy and society by bringing students the latest in technology and educational tools to prepare them for success in the market place.”
Ann-Marie Gabel, LBCC’s vice president of administrative services, said, “Building V is one of the largest improvement projects at LBCC in recent years and will be an essential location for learning services for years to come.”
The project has received an Award of Merit in the Project Design category by the 2012 Community College Coalition Professional Awards Program.