Published: September 2016
What it was: Edmond’s Hall was a nine-story, 790-bed residence on Lower Campus that housed some 30,000 students between fall 1975 and spring 2016.
Why it came down: To make room for a 240,000-square-foot recreation facility that will replace the 44-year old Flynn RecPlex in 2018.
Timing: August 5 to September 22, 2016. A camera mounted atop the Yawkey Center took a picture of Edmond’s once an hour from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., every day. (Drone footage was taken on August 8, and again on September 22.)
Phases: June and July—furniture removal. Washing machines, dryers, and ovens were crushed by an on-site excavator, and then recycled. Where feasible, beds and desks were redistributed to other residence halls. August and September—mechanical demolition. Working from the top story down, removal of brick façade, then steel framework, then floors. More than 98 percent of the building was recycled.
Equipment: Volvo EC700C high-reach excavator, Caterpillar 374D excavator, Kotmatsu PC360 excavator, Komatsu 470 wheel loader, and a Caterpillar 226 skid steer loader.