App State demolishes 40-year-old residence hall in 10 seconds

Posted June 1, 2014

— Appalachian State University demolished one of its residence halls Sunday morning because the cost to renovate it would have been impractical, school officials said.

Winkler Hall imploded at about 8 a.m. and took about 10 seconds to come down. Built in 1974, the 11-story residence hall housed 132 students in single bedrooms.

As a safety precaution, a 1,000-foot perimeter was set up by the contractor, D.H. Griffin Company. Demolition experts issued a siren warning five minutes and one minute prior to the implosion.

Safety measures were taken to contain the dust that followed, and vibrations were minimal, school officials said.

The site will be analyzed as a potential site for a new residence hall.


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  • I Have a Discernible Chin Jun 2, 2014

    The way that building went down reminds me of the way the World Trade Center buildings went down.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jun 2, 2014
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    40 year old vs 10 second demise....the writer in someone added some zest to the demolition.

  • Jackson Smith Jun 2, 2014
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    11 stories and housed 132 students. Wow!! Less than 13 people per floor. Sounds very efficient to me.