Tutwiler Hall imploded at the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama has demolished Julia Tutwiler Hall, a 13-story dormitory constructed in 1968, which housed over 50,000 women. The implosion was carried out by D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company and Dykon Explosive Demolition Corporation, utilizing 675 pounds of dynamite strategically placed in the building's structural columns. Despite its 13-floor structure, there was no 13th floor due to superstition, with elevators skipping from the 12th to the 14th floor. The implosion occurred in approximately 20 seconds.

Due to a comprehensive evaluation determining renovation impracticality, UA opted to construct a new Tutwiler Hall adjacent to the old one. The new dorm, set to open in August, will feature 1,284 beds in a hybrid community-apartment style setup. Each double-capacity bedroom will include two twin beds and a shared private bathroom. Additionally, the building will offer public community spaces, outdoor social areas, laundry facilities on each floor, a fitness center, a craft room, and a large storm shelter.

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