Release Date: July 30, 2009
Bringing Down the House
The chance to change the skyline of San Angelo will be up for bid at the fifth annual Angelo State Athletic Foundation Blue & Gold Dinner and Auction Aug. 14 when the university will sell the opportunity to push the button that will implode ASU’s 10-story University Hall.
One of two high-rise residence halls on campus, University Hall is scheduled for demolition Sept. 20. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Ram and Rambelle athletics.
“This is an opportunity to build up our athletic programs by tearing down an outdated campus building,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo. “The highest bidder will do the honor and no previous experience is necessary, though someone who enjoyed knocking down blocks as a child might be our ideal candidate for the job.”
The silent auction, raffle and cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, in the Junell Center with the Blue & Gold Dinner, presented by Multi-Chem, following at approximately 7:15 p.m. The live auction will start after dinner, culminating with the bidding to demolish University Hall.
ASU Athletics Director Kathleen Brasfield said, “We are giving new meaning to the idea of a ‘fall’ sale, though I can’t say we are taking it to new heights. However you describe it, the auction will be a lot of fun for everyone.”
In addition to the demolition derby, a variety of other goods, services and athletic memorabilia will be available for bidding. Among the ASU items for sale will be trips with various athletic teams, a chance to be ASU president and athletic director for a day, signed game balls, and other Ram and Rambelle items. A selection of intercollegiate and professional sports materials will also be available as well as art work, hunting trips and services, such as piano tuning.
Tickets are $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight and are available by calling the ASU Athletics Office at 325-942-2264.
University Hall, long known on campus as the Women’s High Rise, opened in 1968 at a cost of $4 million or $39.01 per square foot for the 103,883-square-foot building. The facility was vacated after the summer of 2004 because of the increasing maintenance costs. Three separate consultant studies showed that both renovation and/or conversion to another use were also cost prohibitive. The residence hall housed 490 students each semester during its life span.
A contract for the demolition was awarded to ARC Abatement Inc. of Garland earlier this year. If the demolition schedule holds, University Hall will be imploded shortly after sunrise on Sunday, Sept. 20.