The College of Engineering celebrated the Topping Out of the new Link on City Campus Aug. 26 as the final steel beam was raised and put into place, ending the framing work of its $75 million Phase 1 facilities project. A Topping Out ceremony is a longstanding ironworkers' tradition and signifies completion of the erection of a steel structure. It includes placing a small evergreen tree and an American flag on the final steel beam before it is lifted into place to complete the structure.
The final beam was painted white and was signed by Governor Pete Ricketts, University of Nebraska President Ted Carter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green, College of Engineering Dean Lance C. Pérez, donors, External Advisory Board members, Hausmann Construction representatives and others involved in the project. Due to COVID-19 considerations, many of the signatures were gathered virtually.
It has been nearly nine months since the 34-year-old Link - a two-story structure connecting Scott Engineering Center and Nebraska Hall - was torn down and Hausmann Construction began erecting the new structure.
Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2022 and will feature approximately 87,000 gross square feet of new construction and extensive renovations to the existing Scott Engineering Center. It will house the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and include advanced research labs, state-of-the-art classrooms and collaborative spaces.
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