ASU dorm building to implode Sunday
by Anna Oakes
A loud noise will resonate near Stadium Drive in Boone Sunday as a contractor is set to implode Winkler Hall, a campus residence hall.
Contract Drilling and Blasting LLC will conduct the implosion at approximately 8 a.m., weather permitting. Falcon Engineering Inc. is the designer in charge for the demolition.
As a safety precaution, a 1,000-foot perimeter has been identified by the contractors, D.H. Griffin Co., beyond which only authorized personnel will be admitted. This perimeter extends to portions of Rivers Street and Stadium Drive, and from Bodenheimer Drive to the former Broyhill Events Center, ASU said.
Anticipating public interest in viewing the demolition and because clear sight lines are limited, ASU has established a website at which the implosion can be viewed live online: http://streaming.appstate.edu/winkler. Alternately, the College Street Parking Deck on campus will have limited space for viewing.
Access to Stadium Drive will be restricted to essential vehicles only beginning at 6 a.m. and will be closed one hour prior to and 30 minutes following the blast. Vehicles parked in the Stadium Lot must be moved by 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, or they will be towed.
Demolition experts on site will issue a siren warning five minutes and one minute prior to the implosion. The series of blasts and the building's implosion will last approximately 12 seconds. Safety measures will be taken to contain the dust that will follow. Vibrations from the implosion should be minimal.
Built in 1974, the 11-story residence hall housed 132 students. Initially planned for renovation, Winkler's apartment-style suites would have been converted to traditional dorm rooms, doubling the number of beds available. But construction bids came in $5 million higher than the university's budget for the project, and ASU leaders last year decided to demolish it instead.
The site will be analyzed as a potential location for a new residence hall, ASU said.