UNL’s Cather and Pound Halls Set to Implode

Posted By: Alden German

Friday, December 22, 2017 will be another historic date for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

After being a staple on the campus skyline for 54 years and housing thousands of students, Cather and Pound Residence Halls are about to be history. It has not been an easy task, but the university is ready.

"This is the most and biggest demolition project that we’ve ever done," says Chad Lea, Lead Project Manager for UNL.

Preparation has taken years. In order to get the building ready for an implosion, they’ve had to strip it down to the bare minimum, which will make the collapse easier.

"Part of that process, as an example, is all of the stair towers have been, part of the walls have been removed, the landings, the stairs, the risers themselves have all been partially removed," says Lea.

Around 500 pounds of explosives will be used to bring down these huge buildings.

Weather should not be too much of a problem. However, there is one concern.

"And really the biggest issue on the weather side of it is not precipitation or cold temperatures it’s cloud cover,” says Lea. “And the idea on that is just that they don’t want to have a very low ceiling on cloud cover to make sure that we don’t get any enhanced kind of acoustics that come out of it when the building does come down."

Otherwise, the chief concern is being able to control the dust; but when the dust settles, the skyline UNL will never be the same.

If the demolition can not take place tomorrow for some reason, a back up date is Saturday, December 23rd.

Channel 8 KLKN-TV will be airing the implosion live on television starting at 8:55 A.M. You can also watch live coverage on our mobile app or on the Channel 8 KLKN-TV.

For more information on viewing and road closures, click this link: https://housing.unl.edu/cather-pound-demolition