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News Service

November 30, 2007

Contacts: Suzanne Higgins suzanne.higgins@gcmail.maricopa.edu 623.845.3808
Patricia Vogel pr.vogel@gcmail.maricopa.edu 623.845.3014

"Topping Out" Ceremony at GCC Showcased Construction Project

On Nov. 29, following an interesting western European tradition, Glendale Community College (GCC) hosted a "Topping Out" ceremony for its new Life Science Building that is under construction. Such a ceremony is a long-standing tradition in the construction industry and celebrates the placement of the highest beam for the structure. Workers and participants paint the beam white, sign it, and attach a small evergreen tree, which signifies, among other things, well wishes for the building and its future inhabitants. In modern times an American flag is often hung from the beam, which is then raised by a crane and set in place.

Officials of GCC, the building's architects from GouldEvans and DPR Construction workers joined with GCC employees and community members to enjoy the DPR-hosted luncheon and program set up on the lawn overlooking the construction site.

The new Life Science Building will house three of the college's instructional departments: biology, psychology, and nursing. Designed to support the growing demand for integrated, interdisciplinary programs, this facility will afford unlimited opportunities to go beyond traditional instructional boundaries. Extra-curricular activities are also addressed through the integration of student gathering spaces and the Life Science Café.

The 63,000 square-foot building is targeted to be ready for classes in January 2009. It will be GCC's first three-story structure. It will contain classroom space for 300 students, 72 faculty offices, nine Biology labs, a vivarium (animal lab), four Nursing Observation Pods, a large amphitheater, meeting rooms, a working greenhouse and a small café. Water-efficient landscaping is planned and the building comprises many "green" components.


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