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CARE/Crawley 'Topping Off' Ceremony Aug. 25

By Jill Hafner
Published August 2006

The Academic Health Center will officially commemorate the installation of the last steel beam onto the CARE/Crawley Building during a “topping off” ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

The installation signifies the highest point of steel construction has been reached and completed. As part of construction tradition, workers will conduct a ceremony in which the beam, with a symbolic evergreen tree attached, is hoisted into place. According to legend, the tree can signify many things, including a job well done, life and growth of the building, and good luck for the building’s inhabitants.

The ceremony will take place on the eighth floor of the Eden Avenue Garage, which will give guests a level view of the beam placement. Nancy Zimpher, university president, and Jane Henney, MD, provost and vice president for health affairs, will comment on how the new building symbolizes UC's leadership in health care delivery and research.

All UC faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this event. Refreshments will be served.

Beginning on Monday, Aug. 21, all faculty, staff and students are invited to leave their mark on UC history, and remain part of its future, by signing their name on the beam. It will be located in Kresge Plaza, just outside the Medical Sciences Building main entrance.

For more information, call (513) 558-4553 or e-mail

* A rain date is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31, at 1:30 p.m. on the eighth floor of the Eden Avenue Garage.

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