LBCC Breaks Ground on $20M Project to Upgrade Pacific Coast Campus
2016-04-28 · By Editor
Long Beach City College officials celebrated the kickoff of a $20-million construction project to upgrade Electrical Program and lifetime learning facilities with a groundbreaking ceremony today (April 27) at the Pacific Coast Campus.
“This project will modernize our electrical program and provide our students with a state-of-the-art learning environment and the tools they need to succeed in this growing industry,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “We will be one of the leading community colleges in the region to provide training and education for this high-demand career.”
The project will construct one new building, QQ, while renovating another adjacent structure, RR. The Electrical Program will be located in both buildings. Building QQ will share space with the Lifetime Learning Center, which provides education for older adults re-entering the workforce.
The buildings will provide students and faculty with state-of-the-art labs and technology as well as “green” features to save energy and water use, and installation of two new electric car charging stations.
The Electrical Program will join other Advanced Manufacturing programs at the Pacific Coast Campus, including Welding, Computer Aided Design, Metal Fabrication and Computer Numerical Control. LBCC will become the only community college in the region to offer that many Advanced Manufacturing programs on one campus. This array of related disciplines will allow faculty and students to collaborate across departments, expanding the skill set and education offered.
Features of Buildings QQ and RR include:
- 7 Electrical Classrooms: Transformer Motor, Cisco/Networking, Active Learning (AutoCAD), 2 Active Learning (Tab Arm), Labvolt, Motor Control
- Specialized labs: Motor Control and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) Lab, Cisco Networking and Building Automation Lab, Building Lighting and Automation Lab, Robotics Lab. LBCC will be one of first community colleges in the state with a dedicated Building Lighting and Automation Lab and was built with California’s highest levels of energy efficiency standards
- Outdoor work yard for solar panels
- Nearly full-sized traffic signal intersection work station for traffic signal technicians
- Full Automation wing that will include Robotics, Electro-hydraulics and Pneumatics
The new Lifetime Learning Center location will feature upgraded technology and facilities that will allow for additional classes. Some of the new classes that will be offered will address people over age 55 returning to the workforce, preparing older adults to work with primary and secondary school children, and exercise classes such as yoga.
The modernization of Buildings QQ and RR is funded by the Measure E Bond, which has provided $616 million for new construction, renovation and repairs at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus and Liberal Arts Campus.
The project architect is HPI Architecture. RC Construction is the general contractor. The Cordoba Corporation oversees and manages all Measure E projects.