Cather, Pound implosion schedule

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Cather, Pound implosion schedule

A student sits at a Cather-Pound desk in this photo taken shortly after the residence hall complex opened in 1963. The halls will be razed on Dec. 22.
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A student sits at a Cather-Pound desk in this photo taken shortly after the residence hall complex opened in 1963. The halls will be razed on Dec. 22.

After more than two years of planning and consultation, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has finalized plans for the razing of Cather Hall, Pound Hall and the attached Cather-Pound Dining Center.

Learn more about the razing. The project schedule along with a list of buildings that will be affected by the Dec. 22 implosion of the two 13-story towers, includes:

Cather-Pound Halls Implosion Schedule

Oct. 18
  • 17th Street between R and Vine streets will close. Limited traffic access to buildings north and south of the Cather-Pound Residence Hall Complex on 17th Street will be available.

Cather-Pound implosion map. Click to enlarge.
Cather-Pound implosion map. Click to enlarge.

Oct. 30
  • Cather-Pound Dining Center demolition begins.
Dec. 1
  • Cather-Pound Dining Center demolition completed.
Dec. 17-21
  • Installation of protective fabric on buildings near the Cather-Pound implosion site
Dec. 21
  • 10 p.m. — All parking lots within the evacuation zone (including the Area A/R1 parking lot near the Beadle Center on 19th Street) will close and cars should be removed.
Dec. 22
  • 5 to 6:15 a.m. — Evacuation zone cleared

  • 6 a.m. — Exclusion zone access closes at 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, R and Vine streets

  • 8 a.m. — Building occupants in the exclusion zone shelter in place

  • 9 a.m. — Cather-Pound implosion

  • 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Evacuation zone cleanup

  • Noon — All clear signal (three loud horn blasts); campus reopens to normal activity

Dec. 23
  • Alternate implosion date. Same schedule as Dec. 22. Any notice of a delay will be provided at least 24 hours prior.
Dec. 26
  • Start Cather-Pound debris removal
April 13
  • Complete Cather-Pound debris removal

View of Pound (left) and Cather halls from the top floor of the 17th and Vine parking garage. The garage will serve as the public viewing area during the Dec. 22 implosion.

Evacuation Zone Buildings

No one is allowed inside of these buildings from 6 a.m. to noon on Dec. 22

  • University buildings — Courtyards (south half), Knoll Residential Center, Neihardt Hall, Willa Cather Dining Complex

  • Greek houses — Alpha Omega, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi

Exclusion Zone Buildings

Individuals in these buildings must shelter in place from 7 a.m. to noon on Dec. 22

  • University buildings — 17th and R parking garage, 18th and R parking garage, Courtyard (north half), East Side Suites, University Suites

  • Greek houses — Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Tau Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu and Sigma Phi Epsilon

  • Private buildings — 50/50 apartment complex, Lewis-Syford House, Lutheran Center