Design-Build Institute of America Honors Long Beach City College’s Mathematics & Culinary Arts Building

LBCC Math & Culinary Arts Building

The team supporting the design and construction of the new Mathematics & Culinary Arts Building (Building V) at Long Beach City College’s (LBCC) Liberal Arts Campus was honored with an Award of Distinction by the Design-Build Institute of America – Western Pacific Region (DBIA-WPR) at its 2018 Regional Conference and Awards Program on May 17, 2018, in San Diego.  Representatives from Cordoba Corporation were on hand to receive the award on behalf of LBCC, along with other members of the design-build team, including Harper Construction and Sillman Wright Architects. Cordoba Corporation serves as the Bond Management Team at LBCC providing comprehensive program and construction management services in support of LBCC’s capital improvement program.

The newly constructed $44 million building was LBCC’s first classroom project to be completed under the Design-Build delivery method.  The team created an integrated process that resulted in the successful completion of what has become one of Southern California’s premiere culinary arts facilities.  The Culinary Arts Department includes seven instructional kitchens: Restaurant, Production, Skills, Baking, Pastry, Multi-Use, and Demonstration, as well as a student-run restaurant and bakery counter.

In addition to the Culinary Arts Department, the building houses the Math Department, which is comprised of 15 new math classrooms and a new Math Student Success Center with 70 computer workstations and 5 study and math workshop rooms.  The Math & Culinary Arts Building also includes a reprographics center and administrative offices.  The building is LEED Platinum certified and has important energy- and water-efficient features, including an underground storm water retention system.  The project was funded by the voter-approved Measure E bond measure, which along with Measure LB, fund new construction, renovations, and repairs to modernize LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus and Liberal Arts Campus.

“The design-build team worked exceptionally well together to deliver this important project for LBCC’s Liberal Arts Campus,” stated Sonia Babian, who previously served as Cordoba’s Assistant Construction Manager on the Math & Culinary Arts Building Project, and who, along with Cordoba’s Senior Vice President for Education and Facilities Michael Boomsma, joined the team in accepting the Award of Distinction at the DBIA-WPR Awards Program. “We worked hard to achieve the project goals, which were to accommodate the individual needs of two diverse programs into a single facility.”

“I am really proud of Sonia for this accomplishment, along with the other Cordoba Bond Management Team members who supported this project,” stated Michael Boomsma.   “We have worked on several design-build projects at LBCC, each of which have enhanced our team’s design-build experience.  The dual purpose of the Math & Culinary Arts Building presented exciting opportunities as a design-build project, and we are pleased to see how both programs have flourished since the building was put into service.”



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About Cordoba Corporation: Cordoba Corporation is a statewide full-service engineering, program and construction management firm specializing in the delivery of infrastructure projects in the transportation, education, water and energy sectors, and is recognized by Engineering News Record (ENR) as a ENR Top 50 Program Management Firm and Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firm.