by James Dinan, CNN
(CNN) It took just a few seconds for a 43-year-old dormitory to turn into rubble and dust.
Rose Towers, a landmark residence hall on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, was demolished via implosion Wednesday morning to make way for new student housing.
Dozens of people gathered near Rose Towers to see the dorm fall.
The university says that Rose Towers has been home to thousands of students, and once housed a child care center. It will be replaced by the second phase of the school’s Presidential Village Residential Community, which is expected to open in two years.
Watch the above video to see a Crimson Tide landmark implode.