Old CU Health Sciences Center imploded

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DENVER — The vacant University of Colorado Health Sciences Center was imploded early Saturday morning.

According to Greg Schmidt with Saunders Construction, about 170 charges of dynamite were used in the implosion.

“We’ve done a lot of the other demolitions traditionally, but it is right on Colorado Boulevard. It would take us about four months to get that building down,” Schmidt said. “We can get it closed for a day, bring it down, sift through the rubble and be out of here in literally a day.”

The implosion went off as scheduled at 8 a.m.

Road closures and barricades began at 3 a.m. Saturday and went from East Sixth Avenue north to East 13th Avenue and from Colorado Boulevard east to Bellaire Street. Roads remained shut down for several hours to clean up the implosion of the center at Colorado Boulevard and East Ninth Avenue.

Roads reopened by noon.

The implosion will make way for a new neighborhood at East Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, a $419 million redevelopment project that will include residential, retail establishments, offices and open space.

“When it’s all up and running, we’ll have about 2 million square feet of new development: about 1,100 residential units with about 10 percent of them scheduled to be affordable housing units,”” said Frank Cannon with Continuum

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