Dunstan Hall Demolition Underway Along Ginn Concourse

Dunstan Hall Demolition Underway

Written by Gail Riese, AU Facilities Management Communications

Dunstan Hall is being razed along the Ginn Concourse near Magnolia Street.  Built in 1959 and named for Arthur St. Charles Dunstan, the 33,000 square-foot academic building was the first completely air conditioned building on campus.  Dunstan, a long-time Auburn University electrical engineering professor and department head, retired from teaching after 51 years. 

Dunstan Hall, like several older facilities in the core of campus, was identified for demolition in the Comprehensive Campus Master Plan. “Many campus structures have provided long serviceable lives to the University, but based upon their location, size, and physical properties, are not viable renovation projects,” said Jim Carroll, Capital Project Program Architect.

Carroll added that Dunstan’s structure was not favorable for present-day trends in teaching environments. “The small footprint and modest floor-to-floor heights of Dunstan Hall would not offer the type of flexibility desired by current teaching styles; therefore, it was not a good candidate for renovation. Auburn University will be better served by making future investments in larger, flexible, and adaptable learning spaces that foster collaborative interaction,” said Carroll.

Britt Demolition and Recycling of Hanceville, Alabama is bringing the three-story structure down and removing the debris from the site.  The project is expected to be complete by spring 2014. 

When vacated, the tract along the Ginn Concourse will remain as green space with sod, shade trees, and shrubs being planted by the Facilities Management Landscaping Department. A replacement facility has not been identified at this time.

Last Updated: April 07, 2014