Constructions Begins for LBCC Math and Technology Center

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Long Beach City College, Mathematics and Technology Building

Rendering of Long Beach City College, Mathematics and Technology Building. The building is slated for completion in 2015.

Long Beach City College (LBCC) broke ground Tuesday on an 18-month, $52.1 million building project on the Long Beach City College campus located at 4901 East Carson Street in Long Beach. The construction of the Math and Technology center, or as it will be better known – Building V, will house the Mathematics and Culinary Arts departments.

“The development and construction of Building V is a direct result of the College’s building and modernization program,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Superintendent-President of Long Beach City College. “Our continued investment in our infrastructure and student programs, on both campuses, will allow us to meet the demands of our economy and society by bringing students the latest in technology and educational tools to prepare them for success in the market place.” 

The building is designed by Sillman Wright Architects. According to the architect’s website, “The project consists of a courtyard building with a one-story mass on the north for Culinary Arts and a two-story mass on the south for Mathematics department. The design employs a dynamic approach of combining one-and two-story structures and modulated exterior envelope to create a massing that is reflective of the program and is compatible with the existing campus.”

Long Beach City College, Mathematics and Technology Building

The Mathematics and Technology Building includes extensive daylighting and views in more than 90 percent of the spaces. The project is slated to receive LEED platinum certification.

The construction of Building V on the Long Beach City Campus marks the latest major project to enhance, renovate or, in this case, construct new facilities to benefit students. The project has already received an Award of Merit in the Project Design category by the 2012 Community College Coalition (CCFC) Professional Awards Program.

“The construction of Building V has sustainability and longevity in mind in the design, space allocation, and location,” said Ann-Marie Gabel, LBCC’s Vice President of Administrative Services. “With over 45,000 square feet in teaching space and 76,886 square feet in total usable space, Building V is one of the largest improvement projects at LBCC in recent years and will be an essential location for learning for students for years to come. The building has been designed to LEED platinum guidelines and will enable us to expand one of our CTE programs, Culinary Arts, with the state-of-the-art kitchens, observation labs, and training spaces.”

Building V will house a total of 25 new classrooms including a production, baking, pastry and multi-use kitchen, along with two mathematics labs with 12 40-seat and three 80-seat classrooms.

Construction is funded by Measure E, a facilities construction and modernization bond measure, approved by the voters of the LBCCD in 2008 and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015.

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