By Tonia Ciancanelli
After undergoing construction for more than two years, the A Building at the LAC is scheduled to open the last weekend in March.
Funded through Measure E, the $8.2 million project preserved the building’s historical architecture and existing construction. The only new structural aspect is the additional wing on the east side of the building. The renovated building has been brought up to code and is now energy efficient, said Chris Prentice, who monitored the final stages of the project. Measure E, approved in 2008, allowed LBCC to use $440 million in extra tax dollars to renovate campus facilities.
The 28,100-square-foot Student Services building will serve as a hub, housing Admissions and Records, Veterans Affairs, Financial Aid, Health Services, Counseling, Disabled Student Programs and Services, EOPS, the ASB Bank and the Career and Transfer centers.
With a view of the Quad, the main computer lab in the building also comes equipped with a projection screen, computers and workstations. Space also has been allotted for two conference rooms, two teachers’ lounges and a high-tech computer lab for disabled students. The original open courtyard also has been newly landscaped.
Located on the north side of Carson Street, “The A Building will likely be many students’ first experience on campus,” Mollee Gressett, the Bond Management Team design manager, said, “It’s their first impression of the school.”
Student Services had been displaced to the M Building since construction on the A Building launched in December 2010. Beginning this Summer, the M Building will host the nursing program while the C Building is undergoing renovations.
Also on the schedule for this Summer is construction of a new outdoor pavilion and landscaping on the LAC Quad. Students are encouraged to utilize the new LAC Lawn while the Quad is closed.
Sandra Ramirez, 20, an information technology major, is excited for the new building to finally open, but said, “This sucks that the Quad is closing. It’s Student Life, it’s where clubs gather and recruit so we are really going to miss it, but it’s what’s best for the college.”