Implosion Date Near: Getting Ready for the end of Seminole Twin Towers Dormitory

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- We are days away from the implosion of the Seminole Twin Towers dormitory at Arkansas State University.  The building that has been standing for more than 40 years will come down early Sunday morning.

The building has been unoccupied for the past several years and the university has wanted to get rid of it to make room for the future.

The contractor on the implosion is Chandler Demolition who has been on site since March deconstructing the building to get ready for the implosion.

"We have to prepare the building for implosion.  In this building it meant gutting out four different floors plus a portion of the basement.  Those are the blast floors," said Ricky Chandler, President of Chandler Demolition.

1,100 holes have been drilled in the building and explosives have been placed in the basement, first, third, sixth and eighth floors.

"You'll hear a series of blasts going off prior to the column detonation and then you'll hear the structural columns being blasted," said Controlled Demolition Incorporated project supervisor Kevin Klass.

"You can expect the building to start failing in the center and then the wings will pull in into the building," said Chandler.

After months and hundreds of man hours of planning, they say it should take a total of about 13 seconds for the building to come down after the blasts start.

A boundary will be set on Sunday with a 500 foot safety perimeter to keep everyone except the implosion teams out of the blast zone.  Given the interest the implosion has generated, there will be different sites set up so people can watch a building thousands of students lived in over a forty year period come crashing to the ground.

"It's special to a lot of people who lived here.  I'm sure and it's special to Arkansas State University and the community," said Chandler.

"Every building has its own personality.  You get attached to them because you spend so much time with them.  This one's a little tricky, but with thirteen seconds we'll figure it out.  We've done a few of these," said Klass.

After the implosion the rubble from the blast will be sprayed with fire hoses to limit the amount of dust that fills the air.  The debris removed by Chandler Demolition.  They say that process should take about sixty days.  The land will then be used as green space for several years.

Another part of the preparations leading up to the Sunday implosion is a test blast that will be done on Thursday morning.

To view a map of the area including where the viewing areas and roadblocks will be,