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Topping Off Ceremony for The Ordway Center

It was a great day at the Ordway!  Today, the McGough Ordway project team and our project partners celebrated the placement of the last steel beam on the new Ordway Center Concert Hall.  All workers who have played a role in the project attended the topping off ceremony – a longstanding construction industry tradition – along with key representatives from The Ordway, as well as other project partners.

In our industry, a topping off ceremony is traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its erection.  The practice has been traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction.

The last beam being placed atop The Ordway Center Concert Hall

The final beam, signed by all workers on the project, being raised up.

The Concert Hall boasts seating for 1,100 and will replace the McKnight Theater.  It is slated to be ready for rehearsals by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in December 2014, and the doors should be open to the public by March, 2015.

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