New Seminole State College Student Services Center reaches topping out stage

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The final beam is laid.

Construction of Seminole State College of Florida’s new Student Services Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus has reached the topping out stage.

Students, faculty and staff gathered at the construction site as crews from Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI), raised the final beam into place on Feb. 22.

Signatures of students, faculty and staff covered the beam, providing the Seminole State community a unique way to be part of the building’s history, the college reported on its website.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

During the ceremony, the signed beam was hoisted 34 feet into the air by a crane and attached to the building, which is well on its way to become an energy-efficient, two-story, 77,000-sq. ft. structure.

“We are very excited to be here today flying the final beam,” said CPPI vice-president and regional manager Jason Morgan. “A Topping Out ceremony represents the time when you fly the highest point or the last structural piece of a building, and we are all going to be a part of that today.…We do it to thank the design team and the construction workers – all who made the project possible.”

Some data about the project:

  • 368 tons of steel used to construct the frame
  • 28 tons of reinforcing bars (rebar) installed
  • 2,250 cubic yards of concrete poured
  • 38,000 concrete masonry units (CMU) utilized
  • 5,000 man hours dedicated to this project