Controlled Demolition Inc

Former Dorm at WIU
7:09 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

A Perfect Implosion of Wetzel Hall

Weztel Hall implodes
Photo courtesy of WIU

Wetzel Hall at Western Illinois University no longer exists -- except in the hearts and memories of those who lived and worked there.  

The 13-story building was imploded July 14 during an event that drew hundred of spectators. Many took part in a tailgate-style party in the sprawling parking lot known as Q-lot, which is just west of Wetzel. Many others gathered in the parking lot for the University Services Building, which is northeast of Wetzel.

At 7:00 am, WIU Senior William Schmidt pushed down on the ceremonial plunger to start the implosion.  

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Former Dorm at WIU
5:37 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Wetzel Hall Demolition Ready to Roll

Wetzel Hall this spring
Rich Egger
  • Interview with James Santoro and Ted Renner

Contractors are making final preparations for the implosion of Wetzel Hall at Western Illinois University on Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 am.

They have been going door-to-door in the neighborhoods near the building to talk about what to expect and to review evacuation procedures.

James Santoro of Controlled Demolition, Inc said the implosion might sound like a loud thunderstorm to those near the site when the building comes down. It might sound like a car backfiring to those a bit further away.

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