May 10, 2002

VCH topping out party is May 15

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The VUMC community is invited to a topping out ceremony for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

The celebration will be 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday and will mark the two-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for the facility, the first freestanding children’s hospital in the region.

At the ceremony, the uppermost steel beam will be signed by dignitaries, construction workers, staff, faculty, donors, and administration and raised into place. Everyone will be asked to sign the beam from 3 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The "topping out" of a building during the construction process celebrates a milestone in the construction of the building and recognizes the accomplishment of the construction workers. European and Asian in origin, the practice of topping out was brought to America by immigrants who became the country’s contractors and steelworkers. Today, it is a celebration by workers and their guests of the placement of the topmost member of a structure.