CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV/GRAY TV) - The University of Virginia’s iconic U-Hall clamshell, where basketball games were played for decades, will be demolished on Saturday.
While much of the complex has already been taken down with machines, for the final step, the demolition company is using explosives.
Renascent Demolition President Joshua Campbell says the concrete roof alone weighs 5,000 tons. Engineering questions about how the roof is being held up following building fortification in the late 1990s led the company to decide on explosives as the safest method. Campbell says the implosion will be carefully controlled.
"We're trying to weaken the building beyond what it can handle, its own weight, and then let the weight of the structure itself bring it down," Campbell said.
A large area around U-Hall including John Paul Jones Arena and the Klockner Stadium area will be closed to the public on Saturday when the demolition occurs.
The demolition is making way for new UVA sports facilities including a grass football practice field.
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