‘Topping Off’ Ceremony Marks Progress on Athletics & Wellness Center
Faculty, staff and students gathered on Nov. 26 as the last beam was laid into place during a “topping off” ceremony for the Athletics & Wellness Center. During the previous few days, students, faculty and staff had signed their names and written some inspirational messages on the beam. As is tradition in this ceremony, a school flag, an American flag and a small evergreen tree – symbolizing new growth – were attached to the final beam before it was raised. View photos. View a Drone Video of the Construction.
“It’s so exciting to watch, and especially watching the students’ reactions. The building is beginning to take shape,” said Director of Facilities John Neill. The footings and foundations have been poured, the steel structure is nearing completion and the interior framing will begin at the end of December.
An official ground-breaking ceremony was held last spring and the project has been progressing smoothly. The project is on schedule for completion for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year.
Early support of our capital campaign has helped to bring the new Athletic and Wellness Center to life, and we are grateful to all those who have already contributed -- but we’re not done yet! We have raised $16 million toward our overall campaign goal of $25 million -- and we look forward to engaging with the entire community as we continue to invest in our students and our program, and as we raise the funds to complete this exciting new space on our campus.