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Welcome Center Tops Out in April

The Williams Company set the final beam on the red gravel outside the construction fence surrounding the Welcome Center so that Stetson students, faculty and staff and others could sign it.

Williams Company set the final beam on the red gravel outside the construction fence surrounding the Welcome Center so that Stetson students, faculty and staff and others could sign it.

On Monday, April 4, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Stetson University in DeLand will celebrate the “topping out” of the new Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center. Topping out is when the highest beam is placed atop a structure during the construction phase, and it is traditional to celebrate at that time.

“A ‘Topping Out’ celebration signifies that the building has reached the top,” said Bob Lipscomb, CEO of Williams Company Building Division, Inc., the builder working on the Welcome Center. “The tradition started in Europe and has continued for centuries.”

Typically the team of ironworkers building the structure and will sign the final beam before it’s put into place, literally leaving their mark on the structure. This time, Williams Company set the final beam just outside the construction zone and invited the Stetson University community to sign it.

The concrete and block stairwells and elevator shaft of the Welcome Center were completed Feb. 26, and the structural steel columns and beam frame are scheduled for completion on Mar. 28 with the ‘Topping Out” scheduled for 1:30 p.m., on Monday, April 4, with a few short comments and refreshments.

First it was a trickle as a few students stopped by to sign the beam.

First it was a trickle as a few students stopped by to sign the beam.

Friday, Feb. 26 - Soon the beam started to fill up, The School of Business Administration Board of Advisors stopped by during a campus visit.

Fri., Feb. 26 – Soon the beam started to fill up. The School of Business Administration Board of Advisors stopped by during a campus visit.

Mon., Mar. 7 - As the beam filled up, students started signing the bottom of the beam to fit their names in.

Mon., Mar. 7 – As the beam filled up, students started signing the bottom of the beam to fit their names in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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