UND Law Celebrates Another Construction Milestone - Topping Off Ceremony
The final steel beam of the UND School of Law building addition was lifted in place on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at a special Topping Off ceremony on the Law School building site.
Mike Abel, on-site project manager for Construction Engineers, said, "The Topping Off ceremony is significant to mark a milestone of the project and also to turn the page to the next phase of construction."
Celebrating the placement of the last beam is a tradition that dates back to ancient Scandinavian times and involves some specific ceremonial details. One such detail is the tradition of adhering a tree to the beam to honor the spirit of the woods that contributed to the building. Construction Engineers arranged for the final beam to be painted white and emblazoned with the UND School of Law logo and, in recognition of tradition, attached a tree and both the United States and UND flags.
The ceremony also involves providing an opportunity for those who have worked on the project to sign the beam before it is lifted into place. In construction circles, these ceremonies typically revolve around the Ironworkers and other individuals who have been directly involved in building the structure, but Construction Engineers wanted to involve the law school community as well.
Students, faculty and staff were invited to put their names along side the construction workers on the top-most beam. "We wanted to get the law school community involved to let them put their mark on this project – literally put their mark on this project," said Abel.
"The Topping Off ceremony gives us at the School of Law an opportunity to say thank you for the efforts of everyone who has been involved in the building project," said Dean Kathryn Rand. "We are very grateful to each and every person whose daily work on this job site brings us closer to the safe and successful completion of the new School of Law building."
To view the full gallery of photos from the Topping Off ceremony see our special Flickr album.