Farewell, McCollum

McCollum Hall rendering

McCollum Hall, the largest residence hall at the University of Kansas, was demolished at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Built in 1965, 10-story McCollum Hall was originally designed with a capacity of 910 residents. With two new residence halls now facing Lewis and Hashinger halls, the McCollum site will be paved for much-needed parking.

Watch our coverage of the event

Skip ahead to around 25:00 if you only want to see the implosion.


What is happening?
Two new residence halls opened on Daisy Hill this year (Self and Oswald Halls), so McCollum Hall is being demolished to make way for a new parking lot. The building will be imploded at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25.

Where’s the best place to watch it happen?
The designated public viewing area is behind Oliver Hall, although there are no scheduled activities for that site—other than a chance to join the group’s gasps, cheers and tears as McCollum Hall tumbles in on itself.

What about traffic?
In order to create a 600-foot safety zone, Iowa Street will be closed from 15th to 21st streets and westbound 19th Street will be closed from Naismith Drive to Constant Avenue on West Campus. The intersection at 15th Street and Engel Road—the northern access point to Daisy Hill—will also close, barricades will restrict access around West Campus, and the Irving Hill bridge will be closed. Officials anticipate that all road closures will be removed by 10 a.m.

Can I watch it online?
Yes! The Alumni Association will be livestreaming the implosion and the video will be available on this page. And don’t worry—if you can’t watch it live, you can come back later to watch the implosion plus additional coverage. You can also follow along on social media using #KUMcCollum.

What happened to the furniture and other pieces of McCollum?
McCollum’s furniture and interior accessories were removed and re-used, metal materials are being recycled, and concrete and masonry will be crushed and used as gravel fill for campus construction projects.

McCollum Hall
Memories of McCollum Hall

Remembering McCollum: Stories from alumni
Stories shared with the KU Alumni Association; email your memories to [email protected]

Study, think—and sleep well, men (Kansas Alumni magazine)
This article about the dedication of McCollum Hall originally appeared in Kansas Alumni magazine.

An ode to ‘Big Mac Triple Stack’ (www.amiejust.com)
Current KU student and former Ellsworth resident looks back fondly at time spent in McCollum.

Thanks for the memories, McCollum (University Daily Kansan)
Ben Ashworth, c’12, j’12, l’15, wrote a letter to the editor about the three years he spent living in McCollum.

Farewell, McCollum (via Twitter)
Patrick Quaife, c’12, posted his McCollum tribute on Twitter.

Goodbye, McCollum Hall (via Soundcloud)
An audio mini-tribute to McCollum Hall by Patrick Strathman, j’13.

McCollum Memories—includes stories and photos (KU Department of Student Housing)
The Department of Student Housing encouraged former residents to share their stories and photos.

Ahead of McCollum Hall demolition, students and alumni share stories of living in the residence hall (University Daily Kansan)

Throwback Thursday: McCollum Hall edition (Kenneth Spencer Research Libraries)
The KSRL blog shared photos of McCollum from University Archives, along with fun facts about the building’s history.

Saying Goodbye to McCollum Hall (originally appeared on The Odyssey)
KU student and former McCollum resident Chloe Voth wrote a touching tribute to the residence hall last summer.

Former McCollum resident share stories from hall’s early years

How living in McCollum changed the course of my life
Mike Starkweather, c’67, an early resident of McCollum Hall, shared several stories from his years in the residence hall. They were posted on the Alumni Association’s website this fall.

McCollum Hall
Additional coverage

KU Student Housing to build two residence halls; Regents approve construction at Wednesday meeting (Oct. 17, 2012)

New life for old furniture from McCollum Hall (June 15, 2015)

KU’s McCollum Hall to be turned into rubble this week (November 23, 2015)