- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A massive 50-year-old landmark residence hall at the University of Kansas has been imploded as planned.

Crews detonated about 750 pounds of explosives spaced through McCollum Hall on Wednesday. The implosion of the 10-story, 220,000-square-foot building also included keeping onlookers at least 600 feet from the site.

After a series of siren blasts, the booms started at 9 a.m. In less than 20 seconds, the building buckled in the middle and crumbled in on itself, the Lawrence Journal-World reports (https://bit.ly/1N7TdcA ). The university arranged the demolition work on the first day of Thanksgiving break so most students would be away from campus.

McCollum Hall opened in 1965 and was replaced with two new residence halls that opened at the start of the school year. The new dorms house about 350 students each.

Work remaining to clear the demolished building site includes crushing remaining concrete, hauling off materials off and filling the hole, according to project planners. That process is expected to be complete after Feb. 1.

A crowd of onlookers of the demolition included Shaymarie Genosky, who lived in McCollum during her freshman year in 2005-06. Genosky said she was a little surprised at her reaction.

“When it went down, it was kind of sad,” she said. “It was kind of sentimental.”

The university has planned a parking lot in the space where McCollum once stood.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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