VIDEO: DH Griffin demolishes University of Alabama residence hall

By Leila SteedJuly 19, 2022

The implosion of the University of Alabama’s Tutwiler Hall took only 20 seconds (PHOTO: Gary Cosby Jr. USA TODAY NETWORK)

DH Griffin Wrecking Co. has demolished one of the University of Alabama’s most infamous buildings, Tutwiler Hall.

Tutwiler Hall, which was built in 1968 and housed some 50,000 students during its lifespan, was taken down via explosives in just over 20 seconds.

DH Griffin, with headquarters in Greensboro, NC, worked with Tulsa, OK-based specialist Dykon Explosive Demolition to bring down the 13-story structure.

The project saw the companies use around 500 lbs of dynamite, placed into 1,600 holes drilled in the building’s support columns, to accomplish the task.

According to the University of Alabama, Tutwiler Hall was the second version of a building named after education and prison reform activist Julia Tutwiler, who successfully campaigned for female students to be accepted to study at the university. The original Tutwiler Hall was built in 1914 and demolished in the 1960s.

A third incarnation of the hall - also of the same name - has already been built on the university’s campus. Due to open next month, the new Tutwiler Hall will house almost 1,300 students.

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