Topping Off

The beam is lowered into place and connected by ironworkers

Another major milestone has been reached in the construction of the new Charlesview, with tradespeople gathered for the ironworkers’ Topping Off and a bbq lunch.  With beautiful weather, ample progress all over the site, and a construction workforce of over 120, it was a festive afternoon at the jobsite.

The tradition has a folk history dating back centuries, is a symbolic moment in construction, when the highest piece of structure is hoisted into place.  The ironworkers will move quickly to finish the final steel structure.  Congrats to the construction team and especially Ironworkers Local 7 for the amazing progress.

With structural steel in place, space has been cleared on site to mobilize many other trades.   Soon framers, masons, electricians, plumbers, glaziers and other trades will be swarming all corners of the site.

More photos from the ceremony after the jump.

An ironworking tradition, in action

Part of the tradition is for workers to sign the beam before it is lifted into place

Members of the Charlesview Board of Directors and the ceremonial beam

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