By Andre Barajas

Staff Writer

The long awaited V Building, a $32.4 million project that will house the math and culinary arts departments, soon to be a leader in energy and environmental design, is estimated to be complete in Summer 2015.

The LAC building will have 25 classrooms, 30 teachers’ offices and seven culinary labs.

The building located near the intersection of Carson Street and Clark Avenue is one of many construction projects underway at LBCC.

The new building also will house a success center, a copy center and a demonstration kitchen, demonstration restaurant, production kitchen, baking kitchen and pastry kitchen, according to the construction plan.

A spokesman for Harper Construction, the company contracted for the project, said they’ve been busy working on the building and is too early for anyone to walk through.

The company is working to meet LEED platinum guidelines, which allows LBCC’s career technical education program to expand with state-of-the-art kitchens, observation labs and training spaces.

Kristie Mayor, 19, a culinary arts major, said, “I can’t wait for a chance to be in the classrooms. It’s about time the school handed us the right tools to our success.”

At 47,500 square feet, the building will be a dramatic addition to the school’s math and culinary arts program.

The building has already earned an award of merit in the project design category by the 2012 Community College Coalition professional awards program.

The project is funded by Measure E, a bond passed in 2008 by the college district, for facilities, construction and modernization.

Most recently in September, LBCC officials cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of Building CC and a new kinesiology and fitness center at the PCC.

President Eloy Oakley said in a letter to the community, “We continue to modernize and improve upon our programs and facilities to enhance our student’s academic experience.”