New Student Services Building Opens at LBCC

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(Back row, left to right) LBCC Vice President of Administrative Services Ann-Marie Gabel and LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. (Front row, left to right) Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President Irma Archuleta, Board of Trustees President Doug Otto, Trustee Sunny Zia, Trustee Dr. Virginia Baxter and Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga.

(Back row, left to right) LBCC Vice President of Administrative Services Ann-Marie Gabel and LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley.
(Front row, left to right) Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President Irma Archuleta, Board of Trustees President Doug Otto, Trustee Sunny Zia, Trustee Dr. Virginia Baxter and Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga.

Long Beach City College celebrated the grand opening of a new, $23.4 million Student Services Center at the Pacific Coast Campus Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The 38,555-square-foot building houses all student services for PCC including Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Student Counseling, Student Health Services, the Cashier’s Office and Dining Services. It also contains two classrooms, a multipurpose room, courtyard and covered barbeque area.

“This facility represents a major investment in the future of the Pacific Coast Campus,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “It will serve as a vital hub at PCC, providing a number of services that are critical to the success of our students, as well as a social gathering space.”

The Student Services Center was financed through Measure E bonds, which granted $616 million for capital projects in 2002 and 2008. The new Student Services Center, also known as Building GG, is part of a series of new and remodeled buildings under LBCC’s building and modernization program.

The building was designed to meet Silver certification requirements in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for environmental quality. The building’s features include:

  • Materials were selected for recycled content, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and availability from local manufacturing sources.
  • Native and drought tolerant plants were planted, contributing to a 52 percent reduction in landscaping water for Building GG. Potable water use was reduced by 30 percent.
  • All occupied spaces are equipped with occupancy sensors, contributing to energy efficiency.

Building GG’s design included modern features, such as an all-glass frontage, while maintaining the integrity of the campus’ art-deco style origins dating back to 1936 when it opened as Hamilton Junior High School.

Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects and Balfour Beatty Construction both worked on the development of Building GG. The Cordoba Corporation oversees and manages all Measure E projects.

Construction on the facility started in July 2014, and required more than 4,000 yards of concrete and more than 70 tons (14,000 lbs.) of structural steel.

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