Cather Pound Demolition

December 22, 2017 | 9 A.M. (approx.) Cather Pound Demolition

Buildings Within Razing Zone Full Demolition Schedule
vintage Cather Pound photo

The implosion of Cather and Pound halls, Nebraska's oldest high-rise residence hall complex, took place at 9 a.m. Dec. 22.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was this date chosen?

The actual implosion time is scheduled for approximately 9 a.m. A backup date of Dec. 23, with the same schedule of Dec. 22, has also been planned. Access a schedule outlining the razing process.

University officials selected these dates to coincide with reduced activity on campus. The implosion will take place in the week following December commencement activities, a time when no classes are held and the vast majority of students have left for Nebraska’s winter break. In addition, Dec. 22 is the day before the university’s winter shutdown, which continues through Jan. 2.

What areas will be blocked off?

From 6 a.m. to noon on Dec. 22, two perimeters — an evacuation zone and an implosion control zone — will be established around Cather and Pound halls to protect the public from the razing.

The interior perimeter (evacuation zone) will encompass about nine square blocks and include buildings nearest to the Cather-Pound site, which is in the 500 block of North 17th Street. Only members of the implosion crew will be allowed inside of the evacuation zone until the all-clear is sounded the day of the razing.

The second perimeter (exclusion zone) will include about 16 square blocks and stretch between Vine and R streets to the north and south, and from Greek row on the west side of 16th Street to the Beadle Center on the east side of 19th Street. Individuals within the implosion control zone must remain inside buildings during the entire razing schedule.

A complete list of buildings within each zone is below.

What streets and parking will be affected?

Roadways into the implosion control zone will be blocked as of 6 a.m. Dec. 22 and should reopen by noon. Those roadways through campus include Vine, R, 16th, 17th and 19th streets.

All parking lots within the evacuation zone — including the university-run Area A/R1 lot on 19th Street (immediately west of the Beadle Center) — must be vacated by 10 p.m. Dec. 21.

Faculty, staff and students with permits for the Area A/R1 lot will be allowed to park in any campus parking garage for the day of the implosion. Students leaving for winter break prior to Dec. 22 and who use the Area A/R1 lot are being asked to park vehicles in the 17th and R parking garage, which will be open for their use from Dec. 11 to Jan. 5.

Will there be a safe place to watch?

A viewing area will be available to the public and media atop the university’s 19th and Vine streets parking garage. Free parking will be available in the garage for the day of the implosion.

The university will live stream the event from this website.

How long will demolition and cleanup last?

Due to the implosion and debris removal, 17th Street will close to through traffic between R and Vine streets starting Oct. 18. Limited access to campus buildings near the Cather-Pound project will be available. The closure will continue through at least spring.

Demolition cleanup and site restoration are anticipated to continue through July 2018.

Buildings within the Cather-Pound Razing Zones

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