- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former nursing college dormitory in downtown Des Moines will be demolished in March with explosives, said officials from Iowa Methodist Medical Center, which owns the property.

The Methodist School of Nursing, which once housed dormitories for nurses, is north of the medical center. It has been closed since 1999. The building stands just a few feet from the emergency room entrance of the busy hospital. That made the decision to plan a building implosion an easy one, said hospital spokeswoman Amy Varcoe.

Managers concluded that hospital workers and patients could endure 20 to 30 minutes of noise and dust from a series of small explosions better than they could cope with months of noise from a wrecking ball, she said.

The implosion is scheduled for 7 a.m. March 16, Des Moines television station KCCI reported on Monday (http://bit.ly/1eQjeOh ).

“It will be kind of an exciting time for our staff and the patients and we want to make sure everyone is safe in the area,” Varcoe said. “They use dynamite just like they used to in the old days.”

The lot occupied by the school will be a green space for now but could be used in the future for expanding hospital buildings.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com