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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Tower 3 implosion scheduled for July 27

Claire Barnett
Vanderbilt on Saturday, August 18, 2018. (Photo by Claire Barnett)

The university announced that they will be imploding Carmichael West Tower 3 Saturday, July 27 at 9 a.m. CST. Tower 4 will be coming down later this summer through mechanical demolition, according to the press release.

Layton Construction LLC, the company conducting the current construction on campus in the West End neighborhood, and Controlled Demolition, will oversee Tower 3’s implosion, which is expected to take approximately 7 minutes.

The process will require certain precautions in the area, including temporary road closures the morning of the implosion. There will also be a blast perimeter for bystanders. People in buildings close to the implosion will be asked to evacuate or stay indoors during the process. All restrictions will be lifted following the process. The blocked-off areas for the public, as well as a model of the implosion itself, can be seen in an animation released by the university.

“This implosion is truly a historic moment for our campus,” Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain said. “It will allow us to accelerate the demolition of a major structure while a majority of students are away for the summer, minimizing disruptions to campus life.”

The Carmichael Towers West, located on West End between 24th and 25th avenues, each stand at 14 stories high and opened in 1970. The Towers are named for Vanderbilt’s third chancellor, Oliver Cromwell Carmichael.

The removal of Towers 3 and 4 prepares for the continuation of the building of 3 new residential colleges on campus as a part of FutureVU. The remaining towers will be open for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The university will be live-streaming the implosion. The Hustler will be continuing coverage of the event.

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Terry Thomas
4 years ago

I ams starting to think the powers that be didn’t even do a simple Google search. Otherwise they would have found this:

Not only do you have to worry about dying from a horrible cancer if you get caught in the dust cloud but you also have to worry about flying debris. These people in the condo got the double whammy. Property destruction and contamination.

Terry Thomas
4 years ago

They didn’t really do their research here did they? Implosions aren’t any cheaper or safer or faster. In fact they are illegal. They violate the EPA and OSHA regulations on fugitive particulates. Even worse is that the dust cloud is mainly composed over respirable crystalline silica. If you get caught in the dust cloud with out any protection it can kill you. There are over 30,000 cases of cancer directly attributable to the exposure to the dust from the WTC collapse. An EPA scientist named Cate Jenkins made the connection. Here you can read about it.

The 2nd problems that I’m sure the contractors didn’t tell anybody about is that the detonation of the explosives produces massive amounts of carcinogens called Phenols. They discovered this after a building was imploded in Canada. 400 lbs of explosives contaminated 4,000 tons of debris, the site, the adjacent property, the lake next door and a canal down river. The environmental cleanup of the contamination is expected to cost over $12 million.

Why is the University jeopardizing the public’s health just to see something go BOOM? Is the party worth it?