Construction: Beam Team
One of the steel beams in the framework of the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center carries more than its share of the structural load. It also bears the signatures of scores of members of the Thayer School community.
Some 200 students, faculty, staff, and alumni signed the whitewashed beam before it was hoisted into place during a brief ceremony March 30. The festivities also included a “Topping Out” ritual, adorning the final roof beam with a flag and a live tree, meant to bring good fortune to the building’s occupants. A round of applause thanked the various construction crews who have been laboring on the project since July of 2004.
“It’s a lot of fun to be at this point,” noted Interim Dean William Lotko. “The building has the DNA of Thayer School in its structure.”
Architect Fred Koetter beamed as he viewed the building’s skeleton. “It’s always a dramatic moment,” he said. “We enjoyed the engagement of the school and the College in this project.”
The MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, named for major donors Mary Ann and Barry MacLean ’60, Th’61, is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2006.comments powered by Disqus