McCollum Hall on KU campus demolished to make room for parking

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — The largest residence hall on the University of Kansas’ campus was torn down Wednesday.

McCollum Hall was demolished to make room for parking.

The demolition for “Big Mac” lasted for only a few seconds.

The 220,000 square foot building on Daisy Hill had 10 floors and three wings.

It’s estimated that 750 pounds of explosives wre used to implode the building.   Those explosives were divided among 2,000 small holes throughout the building.

Former and current students have been sharing their memories on KU’s website:

I am very sad to hear of the implosion of McCollum Hall, but understand the need. I was only in McCollum for one year (1986-87), but it was the best experience of my young adult life.



I met my wife in mccollum in 1968. I still remember the first time I saw her. McCollum brought us together. Time moves on! Thanks McCollum for the memories!
— Mark

“That was really amazing,” KU grad Kristen Spencer said. “I had so many different emotions. I didn’t know if I should be scared or if I should cry or be excited. I was just really glad that we got to be a part of it. It was really nice. There’s a lot of history there…generations.”

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