BISD Hosts “Topping-Out” Ceremony for Lake Belton High School
Belton ISD celebrated a major milestone in the construction of Lake Belton High School during a special “Topping-Out” ceremony Friday, where one of the final steel beams for the main campus entry way was hoisted into place.
Over 200 construction workers and 100 community guests gathered in the future site of the gymnasium for a BBQ lunch, which was followed by a short program, and concluded with the ceremonial beam hoisting in front of the school’s main entrance.
“This topping out event is a first of its kind for Belton ISD,” Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said to a crowd that included over 60 sub-contractors and representatives from the project’s general contractor Bartlett Cocke and architectural firm O’Connell Robertson.
Topping out ceremonies are an age-old tradition of celebrating the placement of one of the last and highest beams of a building, typically with a tree sitting on top as well.
“The placement of the last beam symbolizes progress and the changes ahead, a new era in our history,” she said of Friday’s ceremony. “[It] represents a major milestone for our school district and community. It’s amilestone that will forever be a part of our history, a moment that we will likely never forget.”
Since the groundbreaking and start of construction in May 2018, approximately 65 sub-contractors have been engaged on this project, withmore than half of them and their workforce coming from within 35 miles of the Temple-Belton area. Some of these local companies include Advanced Electrical Systems; Bell County Glass; Lochridge-Priest Inc; Panel Specialists Inc; RK Bass Electric; Ralston Paint Contractors; and Wolff Construction.
In 2017, the Board of Trustees approved a Guaranteed Maximum Price of $106.4 million for the construction of Lake Belton High School. Dr. Kincannon noted about the budget “[it] will provide a quality facility to meet the needs of our growing student population for years to come.”
School Board President Sue M. Jordan spoke about the district’s fast-growth designation and the necessity of providing quality public education across several growing municipalities.
“As a Board, we have been focused for many years on planning and preparing for the new homes and the new students that will be entering our school district,” she said. “As we all come together to witness the beam hoisting, I feel honored to stand before you on behalf of my fellow Board Members to say thank you to this community.”
Throughout the week, workers had the opportunity to sign the beam; and then on Thursday, hundreds of community members, including parents and children, signed the beam which will be placed in the overhang stretching over the main LBHS entrance.
April 30, 2019