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Ohlone staff and construction workers sign the last beam of building 2.

Ohlone staff and construction workers sign the last beam of building 2.

Rob Adamic

Rob Adamic

Ohlone staff and construction workers sign the last beam of building 2.

Rob Adamic

The Fremont Academic Core construction project reached a milestone Wednesday when a topping off ceremony was held for the new building two.

A topping off ceremony is a long held tradition among construction workers in which a celebration is held when the last beam is ready to be placed on top of a building completing the framework. 

A few brief speeches were given in front of building six including one by Ohlone President Dr. Gari Browning.  School staff and construction workers were then invited to sign the steel beam.  Those in attendance were also offered popsicles which were referred to as beam-sicles. 

After the beam was signed it was then hoisted up by a crane with an American flag flying from one end, while an evergreen branch hung from the other.  It is a construction tradition that a tree branch is attached to one end of the beam to honor the trees that have been removed to make way for the building as well as the timber that was used to build the building. 

The beam was then lifted away by the crane and placed in a pile where it sat until Thursday when it officially became part of building 2.

Building two will be the new home of the visual and performing arts and is expected to be finished in 2019.

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