So who’s bringing the popcorn?

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

McCollum Hall, photo by Steve Puppe
The long-anticipated implosion of McCollum Hall, set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, might best be viewed from the parking lot behind Oliver Hall—but plan to make your way to 19th and Naismith plenty early, because street closures beginning at about 8:30 a.m. will surely snarl traffic. If you’re not in Lawrence for the Big Bang, stay tuned to all KU Alumni Association social media outlets, the news blog at kualumni.org and the January issue of Kansas Alumni magazine for complete coverage. A livestream of the event will be available at www.kualumni.org/mccollum.

In order to create a 600-foot safety zone, Iowa Street will be closed from 15th to 21st streets and westbound 19th Street will be closed from Naismith Drive to Constant Avenue on West Campus. The intersection at 15th Street and Engel Road—the northern access point to Daisy Hill—will also close, barricades will restrict access around West Campus, and the Irving Hill bridge will be closed. Officials anticipate that all road closures will be removed by 10 a.m.

The designated public viewing area is behind Oliver Hall, although there are no scheduled activities for that site—other than a chance to join the group’s gasps, cheers and tears as McCollum Hall tumbles in on itself.

KU officials advise that the implosion will demolish McCollum in a matter of seconds, but the ensuing dust cloud will likely linger in the atmosphere for up to 15 minutes, so those with respiratory ailments are cautioned to take appropriate precautions.

Built in 1965, 10-story McCollum Hall will was originally designed with a capacity of 910 residents. With two new residence halls now facing Lewis and Hashinger halls, the McCollum site will be paved for much-needed parking.

McCollum’s furniture and interior accessories were removed and re-used, metal materials are being recycled, and concrete and masonry will be crushed and used as gravel fill for campus construction projects.

—Chris Lazzarino

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