25 April 2005
JSU's Smokestacks to Come Down
By Sherry Kughn
JSU News Bureau
One of the most noticeable landmarks on the Jacksonville State University
campus is coming down. Scaffolding around the red brick smokestacks near
Trustee Circle could begin as early as May 2. Demolition will begin during
the first two weeks in May.
Both of the 165-foot and the 110-foot smokestacks have provided a visual
landmark for five generations of people who have maneuvered the historic
part of the campus behind Bibb Graves. Maintenance crews will knock the
smokestacks down brick by brick from the inside so they will fall in upon
themselves. The process should take about a month, and the exact schedule
for demolition depends on timely delivery of scaffolding, other materials,
and weather conditions. The walls of each smokestack are about two feet
The smokestacks are remnants of a coal-fed steam plant that provided steam heat to several buildings on campus
from the early and mid-1950s until they were last used in 2002.
“The smokestacks are no longer safe,” said Mr. Clint Carlson, vice president for administrative and business
affairs. “Metal bands have kept the bricks in place for years.”
The steam plant beneath the smokestacks is currently being demolished. Independent steam boilers now provide
heat for the buildings at JSU.
A visual arts annex for the art department will be erected in the space vacated by the steam plant and smokestacks.
“We are always making progress toward improving the campus,” said Mr. Carlson. “It is vital that we look ahead to keep
our buildings safe and efficient. A campus is an ever-changing place.”
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