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Sept. 24: Media Advisory: Topping-Off Ceremony Marks Completion of Steel Erection For Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science Complex

Contact:

Anne Watzman                        
412-268-3830
aw16@andrew.cmu.edu

Byron Spice
412-268-9068
bspice@cs.cmu.edu

Media Advisory:
Topping-Off Ceremony Marks Completion of Steel Erection
For Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science Complex

Event: A topping-off ceremony will commemorate placement of the final steel beam on the new School of Computer Science (SCS) Complex at Carnegie Mellon University. Construction of the 200,000-square-foot SCS Complex, which includes the Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies, began in 2007 after a lead gift of $20 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Last February, the Hillman Foundation gave $10 million toward construction of the Hillman Center. Both structures are expected to open by fall 2009.  
    
Prior to the topping off ceremony, members of the Carnegie Mellon community will be able to sign the beam before it is put into place.
    
A topping-off ceremony is a construction-industry tradition marking the moment when the crew puts the highest structural point of a building in place. In addition to signing the beam, it is also customary to put an evergreen on the beam as a good-luck charm for the workers and future occupants of the building.

When: The ceremony will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29. The beam is expected to be put into place between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m. The beam signing will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26.

Where: The ceremony will be held at the construction site off Forbes Avenue between Cyert and Hamburg halls. The beam signing will take place behind Cyert Hall and the Purnell Center loading dock.

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