It is a custom of iron workers to place a tree or a flag at the highest point of a structure at what is called the “topping out” of the construction process. Construction workers and school officials marked the end of the steel construction phase on the new Darla Moore School of Business by putting a palm tree on a 1,000 pound beam atop the building’s frame.
School officials says that marks that “the apex of the University of South Carolina’s most ambitious construction project has been reached.”
University President Harris Pastides, members of the Board of Trustees and benefactor Darla Moore attended the ceremony.
Pastides said. “I am proud of the approximately 1,600 jobs that have been created as a result of the construction effort and equally proud of the Net Zero rating we are pursuing.”
The U.S. Department of Energy have partnered with the Moore School to create a sustainable, LEED Platinum building that can generate as much energy as it consumes.
The $106.5 million structure is almost 252,000 square feet and is located on Assembly and Greene streets, next to Carolina Coliseum in Columbia. The building is scheduled for completion in December 2013.
School officials say the building’s design will foster interaction and collaboration among students and faculty in new ways, and be a hub for community engagement. A 500-seat auditorium can be used for musical performance as well as lectures, through a $1.5 million contribution from the School of Music.