At 9 a.m. Central on Wednesday, Nov. 25, McCollum Residence Hall on the University of Kansas (KU) campus went down like a ton of bricks, quite literally. In just seconds, about 750 pounds of explosives detonated the 10-story, three-wing, 220,000-square-foot residence hall. A video of the implosion is available on The Weitz Company YouTube channel (LINK).
The Weitz Company, a leading national design-build and construction firm, helped to plan the implosion. Weitz also served as construction manager for the university’s two new residence halls, named after three top KU donors – Charles W. Oswald (south building) and Madison A. and Lila M. Self (north building).
“For the thousands of KU students who once called McCollum Residence Hall home, Weitz appreciates that we could be part of the successful effort to remove the building in the safe and ceremonial manner it deserved,” said Radd Way, executive vice president, The Weitz Company. “Our Kansas City team was also very excited to be involved with the construction of the two state-of-the-art new residential facilities on the KU campus. Both are examples of our commitment to this area’s market, and The Weitz Company’s expertise in building university residential facilities.”
Located on Daisy Hill at 1800 Engel Road in Lawrence, Kan., McCollum Residence Hall first opened in spring semester 1965. The facility had an original capacity for 910 co-eds. The land will now become a surface parking lot.
The new residence halls – opened in August 2015 – each house up to 350 students and feature a variety of suites and spaces on each floor for collaboration and studying. An academic service center and a community kitchen are located within the Daisy Hill Commons, which connect the two halls and provide gathering spaces for all Daisy Hill residence hall students to socialize and study.