Tuesday, May 8

The End

With the closing of Ogg Hall it's the end of an era here at UW-Madison. Until this school year, it had been one of the newest dorms on campus, built in 1964-ish.

I just dug this picture of 804 Ogg Hall all the way from 2005 out of my email archives:

I think I was standing up against the door and the camera was zoomed out as much as possible. That room was "cozy" in every sense of the word at 10' x 15'.

My side of the room was the left side, ironically. How I miss that green tile! I'll never forget all those sleepless nights with the window panes rattling in the wind. Or those elevators that kept you guessing if it'd be your last elevator ride. Or that funky smell in the hallway that never went away.

You may notice that all the furniture was already screwed to the walls. Really the only customization involved was whether to loft the bed or not and how far one sat from the desk.

One time last year, I was walking down State Street and I bumped into my high school principal. We got to talking and he told me about how he remembered living in Witte while Ogg was being built. He also said that a business seldom makes it more than a few years on State Street.

After this semester, the current Ogg will decommissioned. Evidently, not much thought was given in the 60's on whether to put sprinklers in a 14 floor building home to 1,000 people.

So they're going to remove the building, but how will they do it? Will Ogg finally go down in a blaze of glory or will it go quietly into the night? From the Badger Herald:

Despite the hopes of Chancellor John Wiley for a spectacular Discovery Channel-style implosion, Fish said Ogg will be systematically “deconstructed” piece by piece over four to six months beginning before October.

Ah, shucks. C'mon! Even the Chancellor wants to blow this puppy up.

“It would be very exciting, but it’d be very dangerous,” Fish said. “We actually explored whether this could be blown up, and we were very concerned with underground utilities beneath Ogg that could be significantly damaged.”

With the slower and more tedious approach, Fish said the university would recycle 75 to 80 percent of the materials, which will also offset some of the cost for the comprehensive undertaking.

Looks like they're going to recycle it as-best-as they can.

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