“Topping Off” Ceremony for New Academic Building at University Campus

October 31, 2014

Members of the campus community and contractors gathered on October 31 at a traditional “topping off” ceremony for the new facility that will house a four-story, 48,000-square-foot academic building at University Campus. It replaces the former Crawford Hall.

The “topping off” of a building is a custom which takes place when construction work reaches the stage where the highest beam can be put into place. Last week faculty, staff, and students were invited to participate in a “beam signing.” Construction crew members also signed their names to the steel girder prior to installation.

Adding a special Saint Leo spirit to the time-honored tradition, a Benedictine cross was affixed to the 22-foot-long beam’s midsection. The beam was hoisted into the air at the project site with an American flag affixed to one end and a miniature, artificial tree attached at the other end.

The new academic building will be finished in time for Fall Semester 2015 and is being constructed at a cost of $14 million.

The project architect is Gould Evans of Tampa, FL, and the general contractor is Creative Contractors, Inc., of Clearwater, FL.