Crews begin demolition on Washington Square Apartments


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Marking the end of a long-time fixture in Central Michigan University's student housing, deconstruction crews began tearing down the Washington Square Apartments on Monday.

Demolition crew officials tore down the north building at 9:40 a.m. All four of the buildings are scheduled to be torn down before construction crews take over soon. Several large excavators, wheel loaders and other demolition equipment were on the scene, ripping the building apart with each powerful thrust.

“The goal is to be done by the end of the month,” a deconstruction official said.

Leaving a large hole in the makeup of CMU's campus, the location will be the site of the $95.2 million Biosciences Building. The building is slated for completion by 2016.

Steve Lawrence, vice president of Facilities Management, said the building project was four months ahead of schedule in February. Phone calls to Lawrence's office seeking an update on the project's completion date were not returned in time for publication.

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Rubble from the demolition of the Washington Apartments on campus Monday. The apartments are being demolished for a new biomedical research facility. Taryn Wattles | Staff Photographer
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A construction worker stands guard to make sure residents of Mt. Pleasant do not come within 20 feet of the safety fence surrounding the demolition of the Washington Apartments.
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Leaving piles of rubble in its wake, the excavator rips through the Washington Apartments on campus Monday, The apartments were demolished to make way for a new biomedical research facility. Taryn Wattles | Staff Photographer
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