Photo by Brandon Richardson/Viking - Students enjoy the newly opened walkway and seating in the revamped Central Quad between the E Building and the Library on the first day of school Monday, Feb. 9.
Photo by Brandon Richardson/Viking – Students enjoy the newly opened walkway and seating in the revamped Central Quad between the E Building and the Library on the first day of school Monday, Feb. 9.

By Kelly Mahaffey / Staff Writer

“Just look at it, it’s beautiful,” said Kristal Reyes, 20, an undeclared major referring to the landscape and architect of the new Central Quad, now open at LAC.

Reyes rushed on to say, “It’s way better than having to walk all the way around those fences to get to class.”

Even more excited, Reyes foresees the Quad will generate more student interaction as she declares “club events will be great out here.”

Although the $3.3 million project is not quite complete, students are still able to enjoy the unveiled area as many were found congregating on or around the new brick-benched-seating and palm tree lined Quad early Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, second day back to classes.

Anthony Uriarte, 18, a civil engineering major, said, “I’m anxious to see how the eating area is going to look.”

Equally curious, Josefina Cruz 21, a premed psychology major, said, “I am very excited to see what the Quad will look like when completely finished.”

The outdoor dining section remains behind construction fencing, but this didn’t seem to damper the enthusiasm generated by students and employees when talking about the project.

Interim Director of Upward Bound Margaret Antonio-Palomares and veteran renovation onlooker was proud to share that she has been a LBCC staff employee for over 10 years, witnessing first-hand the transformation of the two campuses.  “It’s just so beautiful, comfortable and open.  It looks like a brand new campus.”

Student Earnesto Cruz 18, a civil engineering major, agreed adding, “I love the palm trees and that the area is nice and open.”

Several students said their plan is to utilize the area rather than be more likely to just pass through. Jovany Diaz, 18, an electrical technology major, said, “More space means more social interaction.”

When the project will be completed was less on the minds of campus-goers as the bigger question, and still at this time a mystery, is What is going to go in the kiosk?  At this time it is unknown, however, further investigation remains.  The remaining renovations of the Quad are scheduled to be completed by April 15.

More information may be obtained by visiting lbcc.edu/BondProgram.

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