The opening of a new health and science center at Los Angeles Valley College should have been cause for celebration. The complex included the first new classroom building on the campus in more than three decades. There were chemistry and biology labs, a greenhouse, an aviary, even mock hospital rooms for nurse training.
But when students and professors poured through the doors, excitement quickly turned to dismay.
Ceiling panels and floor tiles were askew. Crooked cabinet doors would not shut.
Hot water ran through...