Facilities Engineering and Architectural Services
Science and Tech Topping Out Ceremony



University Project Manager
East Carolina University
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Description of Work


Science & Technology Building
"Topping Out Ceremony"
May 22, 2002

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On May 22, 2002, the last construction beam of the Science & Technology Building was hoisted into the air to its final resting place. The crowd that stood watching from the patio of the Bate Building, erupted into cheers as a crane lifted the beam out of sight.

Before the beam was raised, members of the Board of Trustees, Future Occupants, Construction Staff, Contractors and others that played a vital role in the preparation of this building signed the beam.

Traditionally the topping out celebration is held when the highest point of a new building has been constructed. It is a celebration to thank the workers for their efforts, and to wish safety for those about to complete the construction.

Photos by Gerry Gable, Project Manager

Bill Bagnell, Director Facilities Engineering & Architectural Services signing last beam.




Dr. Chia-Yu Li, Chair Chemistry Department
(Future Occupant, Science & Technology Building)

Margaret Ward, Board of Trustees Member signs the beam.

Bovis Lend Lease Representatives: (Left-Right)
Bill Syler, Field Supervisor;
Bob Ferguson, Vice President;
John Shoemaker, Project Manager


Bob Ferguson,Vice President Bovis Lend Lease presents Dr. Muse, Chancellor ECU with commemorative

Left: Dr. George W. Harrell, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations Right: Dr. Robert Desmond, Director Industry & Technology (Future Occupant of Science & Technology Building)

The last beam lifting off for final placement as workers supervise.

Board of Trustees, future occupants, construction staff and contractors watch as the beam is raised.

A crane lifts the beam out of sight to its final destination.





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