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Harrelson Hall demolition begins on NC State University campus

MAY 16, 2016

A well-known and often disliked classroom building on the N.C. State University campus is approaching its final days.

Harrelson Hall, a circular structure that opened in 1961, is being stripped to its concrete and steel frame. A hydraulic crusher will tear out pieces of the building in June, and crews will raze the remaining parts by mid-August.

“We’re going to make a piece of pie, going inward, and we’re basically going to cut our way to the core,” said Josh Griffin, project manager for Kimley-Horn and Associates, a consulting firm with an office in Raleigh.

Griffin, who graduated from N.C. State in 2008 with a master’s degree in structural engineering, led a design team for the project. He said he’s not sad to see Harrelson go.

University officials decided to tear down the building because it would be too expensive to renovate. And they figured it would make sense to have a more traditionally shaped structure for learning.


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