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First Batch of Old LAVC Bungalows Demolished on Campus

LAVC waved goodbye to a few of its old 1950s bungalows on campus. Bungalows 50-52 were torn down in December 2018 to make way for a new thermal energy storage tank on campus. A crowd of faculty and staff gathered in Lot H as Dr. Endrijonas climb into a bulldozer to ceremoniously mark the beginning of the removal of these now-abandoned bungalows. The onlookers cheered once the bulldozer began leveling the bungalow structure to the ground. The remaining bungalows in the area are scheduled to be demolished at a later date.

First Batch of Old LAVC Bungalows Demolished on Campus

Los Angeles Valley College recently celebrated the removal of several old 1950s bungalows, which are the first batch of the college's original temporary structures to be removed on the campus. 

On a warm December afternoon, several faculty and staff gathered to witness Bungalows 50-52 be the first old bungalow structures to be demolished on the campus. Before the bulldozer were swung into action, LAVC President Dr. Erika Endrijonas climbed up on the bulldozer to ceremoniously mark the beginning of the demolition.

It was a bittersweet moment that marked the start of this long-awaited bungalow removal project. As the bulldozer began to rip into the well-worn structures, cheers erupted from the crowd gathered behind a narby construction barrier. The college also posted a short video of the bungalows being torn down on LAVC's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 

These old bungalows date back to when Valley College moved from Van Nuys High School to its current site along Burbank Boulevard. Originally intended to be temporary structures to house college services and classes in those early years, they remained in continual use on the south side of the campus for decades. 

With the passage of several voter-approved bond measures, the college made plans to eventually remove all the old bungalows on campus. Once new college facilities were built, the classrooms and offices that were still located in the bungalows were relocated. The well-worn, aging bungalow structures were then slated for demolition.

These first two bungalow structures were demolished so that construction could begin on a new thermal energy storage (TES) tank. Once built, the TES tank will help with cooling campus facilities during peak energy periods. The remaining bungalows on the south side of the campus are scheduled to be removed in Spring 2019.

For information regarding the college's bond building project, visit the LAVC ReVitalizing Valley College webpage

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 1/1/2019 5:00:04 PM