Washington University residence hall to be imploded, making way for new student housing
WHAT: The implosion of Eliot Residence Hall by Spirtas Wrecking Co. to make way for new student housing at Washington University.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21
WHERE: Eliot Residence Hall is located on Shepley Drive on the South 40, the student residential area between Forsyth and Wydown boulevards.
A viewing area for the media will be set up on the university’s intramural recreation field, located just south of Forsyth Boulevard near the intersection of Forsyth and Big Bend boulevards.
PLEASE NOTE: Media should bring their news organization IDs to get into the viewing area.
Big Bend Boulevard between Wydown and Forsyth will be shut down from approximately 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Forsyth between Big Bend and Olympian Way will be shut down from approximately 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
Parking will not be available on Forsyth between Big Bend and Olympian Way. Parking will be available in campus parking lots, including the Athletic Complex and Simon Hall lots north of Forsyth, off Hadley Way.
BACKGROUND: The 73,208-square-foot Eliot Residence Hall was completed in 1965 with 12 floors and 320 available beds. It is named for the university’s co-founder, William Greenleaf Eliot.
The new residence hall to be built in the same location will retain the Eliot name and comprise 53,500 square feet as part of the Phase II B housing construction on the South 40. The new hall will be four stories tall and include 170 beds, two per room. Each room will have computer access, as will several activity areas and study rooms. The new building will be ready for the fall 2004 semester.
Media Advisory Contact: Sue Killenberg McGinn: (314) 935-5254; (314) 836-7357