John Mellencamp’s ‘When the Walls Come Tumblin’ Down’ blared in the background on Tuesday as West Los Angeles College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh swung a sledge hammer to put the first hole in one of the 43-year-old “temporary” buildings that will be demolished in the coming weeks.
The demolition ‘bash’ bade farewell to dilapidated bungalows, which until recently, housed various student services and classes. Student Services, science and other classrooms are now housed in new, multi-story, LEED-certified buildings with digital signage, Wi-Fi, multimedia capabilities and modern labs. The space occupied by the bungalows will be converted to additional parking for the campus.
Among the guests in attendance at the event were John Kernick representing State Assemblymember Holly Mitchell; Culver City City Engineer Charles Herberston; Councilmember Jim Clarke, and Chamber of Commerce President Steven Rose.