MSU-Mankato says goodbye to nearly 50-year-old dorm - KMSP-TV

MSU-Mankato says goodbye to nearly 50-year-old dorm

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MANKATO, Minn. (KMSP) -

No matter what angle you watched it from, the demolition of a high-rise dorm at Minnesota State University-Mankato was impressive.

On Saturday, the 12-story towers of Gage Residence Community came down in front of a huge crowd that gathered to say goodbye to plenty of memories. Many complained, however, that the dorm desperately needed a revamp.

Art Dore is the man in charge of the demolition work and said it took 300 pounds of explosives loaded on three different floors of the dorm towers to bring them down in tandem.

Amazingly, the debris fell into neat piles below, the large dust cloud wafting away thanks to a cooperating wind.

"If it's real clam, dust will hang. This is good," Dore said.

Everyone wanted a picture of the landmark dorm coming down -- the University calculated that some 50,000 students lived in Gage since it opened in 1965. It has also housed Vikings players during NFL summer training camp over the years.

"It's a little weird. Just knowing I lived on one of the floors up there. A lot of memories made," former resident Becky Schemmel said.

School officials said Gage was desperately in need of an overhaul to keep up with modern college life.

Recent students complained about cramped quarters and no air conditioning, and fiscally officials said it made sense to implode history.

Before Saturday's teardown, the towers were stripped and windows removed so glass wouldn't go flying, and with the flip of a switch, the towers were reduced to rubble.

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