Palmer Martin Hall will sit on the corner of 16th and Nob Hill. It's the first new building on the south side of campus.
The hall will be built using renewable resources. A solar panel will also go on the roof.
"Well, it's going to mean a great deal for students because the programs that are going to be in this building are programs that nearly every student takes," said YVCC President Linda Kaminski.
Palmer Martin Hall will have classrooms, art studios, language labs and study spaces. It's scheduled to open in about a year and a half.