New $44 Million Culinary Arts and Math Building Dedicated at LBCC

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(Left to right) Long Beach City Councilmember Dee Andrews, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Member Sunny Zia, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President Doug Otto, LBCC Vice President of Administrative Service Ann-Marie Gabel, LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Member Dr. Ginny Baxter, and Long Beach Councilmember Roberto Uranga.

(Left to right) Long Beach City Councilmember Dee Andrews, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Member Sunny Zia, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees President Doug Otto, LBCC Vice President of Administrative Service Ann-Marie Gabel, LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Member Dr. Ginny Baxter, and Long Beach Councilmember Roberto Uranga.

Long Beach City College officials dedicated the newly constructed Building V, Monday on the Liberal Arts Campus, the latest new development in a 15-year, $616-million campus modernization program funded by voter-approved bonds.

The newly-constructed $44 million building at the corner of Carson Avenue and Clark Street will house the Culinary Arts Department, the Math Department and LBCC’s reprographics services in 73,650 square feet. The facility was constructed to achieve LEED Platinum status, with extensive energy- and water-efficient features.

“We are transforming this campus, the Pacific Coast Campus and the student experience — all thanks to the support of our community,” said Doug Otto, President of the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees. “This incredible new building is yet another example of how the community investment in LBCC is giving our students the vital tools and quality instruction they need to succeed.”

Building V will officially open on Aug. 24, the first day of instruction for the Fall semester.

“Long Beach City College is now home to the premiere culinary arts facility in the Southern California region, among any public or private institution,” LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “And with our new Math Success Center and math classrooms, we will see a transformation in how LBCC teaches math and helps student succeed.”

Building V includes:

  • Seven instructional kitchens: Restaurant, Production, Skills, Baking, Pastry, Multi-Use, and Demonstration. The average kitchen size is 1,760 square feet, with the four main Kitchen Labs measuring more than 2,000 square feet each.
  • All kitchens have TV monitors for students to get a close-up view of faculty members as they demonstrate culinary techniques.
  • A student-run restaurant that will be open to the public after Labor Day for lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • A student-run bakery counter with artisan breads and pastries for purchase that will be open to the public after Labor Day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • A new Math Student Success Center, with 70 computer workstations and five study and math workshop rooms.
  • 15 new math classrooms with charging stations and expanded capacity for wireless computer-assisted instruction.
  • Faculty office areas with large student study rooms for students and faculty interaction during faculty office hours.
  • Energy efficient features including an underground storm water retention system, and water efficient fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchens. LBCC officials expect to receive Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Building V is funded by Measure E bonds that were approved in 2002 and 2008. Both bond measures fund new construction, renovation and repairs to modernize LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus and Liberal Arts Campus.

Construction for the new building began in September 2013. The architect is Sillman Wright, and Harper Construction Co. is the general contractor. The Cordoba Corp. oversees and manages all Measure E projects.

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