LAS CRUCES, N.M. — It was a building that was used to teach thousands of Las Cruces kids for nearly half a century and was torn down Monday morning to make improvements at Loma Heights Elementary School.
The 'Round Building' given it's name for it's unique shape was part of the original 1966 construction at the school but had grown dated and lacked infrastructure to support technology.
"It's very bittersweet, but it's time," said parent and former teacher at the school Delilah Morales.
Early in the morning a piece of heavy machinery easily tore through the roof and knocked down the walls of the nearly 50-year-old building.
Part of the building served as classrooms filled with countless memories for parents like Morales.
"My daughter used to have a teacher here where she would do experiments in science," Morales said fondly of the memory.
While the building appeared structurally sound, students said it was rundown after years of service.
"The classrooms were starting to get old and the bathrooms were starting to get old," said fourth grade student Matthew Falkenthal.
The new design includes major upgrades that will bring the school into the 21st century.
"Improved classroom technology was one of the biggest things changed," said Myles Kraenzel, who designed the new facility.
He said improved classroom size will also allow teachers to make better use of the school.
It can take up to two weeks to clear the rubble from the site.
The contractor said they will be conducting dust control procedures throughout the process to avoid dust from spreading into neighboring homes.
The entire project should be completed by March of 2014.