For Hastings College President Don Jackson, watching the walls of the Steinhart Hall of Science fall to the ground Monday was bittersweet.
“It’s more sadness than anything else seeing it come down,” said the 1970 Hastings College alum and biology major. “My old biology laboratory was in that northwest corner.”
Jackson joined several clusters of people, young and old, to watch crews with O’Neill Transportation and Engineering of Grand Island as they began demolition of the old science building Monday morning.
The building has been vacant since 2009 when the Morrison-Reeves Science Center opened.
The Steinhart Hall of Science opened on the Hastings College campus in 1956 and operated that way until an addition was built in 1985. The building was fully air-conditioned in the early 2000s.
Chemistry professor Fred Mattes taught in the building for 28 years, starting in 1976.