Busting the Bombshelter


By Alison Hewitt

Published Mar 13, 2009 1:37 PM

A rendering of the future South Campus Student Center.

The popular campus burger joint known as the Bombshelter will see its bunker-thick concrete walls put to the ultimate test this winter: demolition.

A replacement South Campus Student Center (SCSC), planned for completion in March or April of 2011, will expand upon the Bombshelter's current location in the Court of Sciences, in front of the California Nanosystems Institute. The SCSC will provide four food stations and outdoor seating just like the Bombshelter, while adding indoor seating, an academic supplies store and, possibly, a coffee cart. It will also offer longer hours and green features like a walkable, landscaped roof, according to the Associated Students of UCLA (ASUCLA) and Capital Programs, which oversees major campus construction.

The new Student Center will be able to serve more people than the old one, while the addition of indoor seating and the rooftop terrace will create a more welcoming gathering place, said Cindy Bolton, ASUCLA's food service director.

"This new center will create a central spot for students and faculty in the South Campus," Bolton said. "The existing Bombshelter was built approximately 40 years ago, but it is currently very outdated, and we have limited capacity in what food we can produce and how many customers we can serve."

Read the full story from UCLA Today to find out more about why the Bombshelter is being replaced and how it got its name, what kind of food the new center will offer and all about the campus' first green rooftop.