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    I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    Facilities website has them investing $1.5M in fire and smoke detection for Wallace and Wilson. And, another $250k for re-opening Wilson. Weren't those two buildings scheduled for demolition?



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    Yep. They were. They'll be around for awhile yet though.



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    DoR needed the room a few years back, so they reopened Wallace. Wilson has been used for housing camps, etc. for awhile. I don't know if they plan to use Wilson to house students in the future as well.



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    I believe they are opening Wilson for students. I think I heard a rumor about that last year.
    On another note, I had a friend that lived in Wallace this past year. I went to visit him a few times and I was actually rather surprised by the place. Its really not that much different than MWL. It doesn't have as nice of stuff b/c of demand but it wasn't the dump that I thought it would be.



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    A kid that works for me just told me that he was just assigned a room in wilson for this up coming school year



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    I lived in Wallace the first year it was reopened. I actually thought it was farely decent.



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    The previously closed one had been in use by some of the departments for faculty offices last year. Looks like they won't be doing that again



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    I lived in Wilson my freshman year, and Larch my soph. Not much difference between the two.

    That walk down Welch in Dec-Feb could really suck, however.

    Not sure why there was a rush to implode them. If it's reopening, I'm guessing it wasn't structurally unsound or anything.



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Yep. They were. They'll be around for awhile yet though.
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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    Weren't they originally built as 'temporary' student housing?



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    The previously closed one had been in use by some of the departments for faculty offices last year. Looks like they won't be doing that again
    Yeah, that would be the Statistics Dept. The Snedecor Hall renovation was completed earlier this summer.



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    I lived in both Knapp and Storms. Weird that they are gone. Glad the other 2 are still around. i'd like to show the kids the old stomping grounds this fall.



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    I'm betting that the asbestos removal costs for those 2 buildings would be pretty high before they'd also have to pay to implode them on top of that. Both those buildings you could not have hanging lofts in because of the asbestos in the ceilings.

    Acording to this: News Service: Iowa State University it cost roughly $3 mil to implode Storms and Knapp and that was back in 2005. Wallace and Wilson were in much better shape than those 2 were so I'm guessing cost wise it is more economically feasible to keep them open and up to date than to destroy them and have to also pay for replacement costs for new construction as well.

    I was glad I was able to witness it because this is pretty close to where I was and it was a heck of a show to watch:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4C9SHNzysw]YouTube - Iowa State: Knapp & Storms Hall Implosion[/ame]


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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    I had a hanging loft in both Knapp/Storms. At least I think it was hanging. It was about 3' from the ceiling, I know that. It was cramped (and dangerous)on certain occassions.



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    Re: I thought that the Towers were being demolished

    I used to live in Wilson and had a room on the south end that had a very nice view of the Towers' beach to the south

    That made the long winter treks north to campus a bit more bearable.

    The loft discussion brought back many memories.



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