Make Your Mark on Midlothian
Posted on January 23, 2015
Signing the beam at the Hamel Hall topping out ceremony in 2008.
by Heather Busch
The last steel beam being used to frame the new academic building at Midlothian will be ready to put in place next week.
To mark the occasion, the final beam is being painted white and will be placed in the atrium of the Administration Building at Midlothian for faculty, staff, students and the construction team to sign.
Stop by and sign the beam between Monday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 28.
The beam will be raised during a small topping out ceremony on Thursday afternoon. Due to safety concerns, attendance is limited.
Topping out is a builders' tradition of marking the last beam placed atop a structure during its erection. Topping out is traced back to timber frame construction and an ancient Scandinavian practice of placing a tree atop a new building to appease tree-dwelling spirits displaced by the construction.