On Thursday, Oct. 29, the last beam was installed at the new Anne Arundel Hall facility. Project stakeholders Trustee Michael O’ Brien, Historic St. Mary’s City’s Gina Faden, and Delegates Tony O’ Donnell and Deborah Rey joined Vice President Chip Jackson and President Jordan to commemorate the occasion. After brief remarks, members of the campus community in attendance were invited to sign the steel beam before it was hoisted into the building’s structure. Anne Arundel Hall will be home to anthropology, international languages and cultures, museum studies, Center for the Study of Democracy, and an Historic St. Mary’s City museum. View the photo gallery>>
Did you know?: Topping Out is a builders’ ritual held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during construction. The ritual dates back to ancient Scandinavian culture of placing a tree atop a new building to appease tree-dwelling spirits displaced during construction.