Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration "Tops Out"
March 8, 2019
The Convergence construction team is beaming with pride today.
The final steel beam was hoisted into place at the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration this afternoon to celebrate the completion of structural construction.
“Topping out” is putting the uppermost and final structural steel beam in place on a building. Although the project is not completed, it has reached its maximum height. To commemorate this first milestone and the hard work of the construction team, the final piece of iron is usually hoisted into place with a small evergreen tree and/or an American flag attached.
As with many pieces of folklore, some aspects of the topping-out ceremony's origin are unexplained, and some of what is explained varies in detail, depending on who is doing the explaining. The evergreen symbol has been attributed to Viking, Scandinavian, and Native American tradition with a message of bringing life to the building or appeasing spirits. The addition of the flag to the topping out steel beam is a uniquely American tradition which can be traced back over 100 years to proud and patriotic American ironworkers. Regardless of the origins, the ceremony symbolizes good luck for future occupants, continued growth, a safe job—and celebrates the hard work of the construction team.
Congratulations to Browning and the Convergence construction team on hitting this milestone!
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