Thursday, May 21, 2009

Topping off Ceremony at the Carpenters Center

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC), along with Suffolk Construction, will hold a Topping Off ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 11:30 am to celebrate the progress made towards completing the New England Carpenters Union headquarters – the Carpenters Center. The event will take place on the first floor of the building, located at 750 Dorchester Ave.

A topping off ceremony is a tradition within the construction industry that marks the moment when the highest structural point in the building construction has been attained. The practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits of their ancestors that had been displaced. The practice migrated to England with Scandinavian invaders and took root there ( This tradition of placing a tree at the top of the building continues today.

Community members and local businesses are invited to the ceremony, along with Representatives from Suffolk Construction, NERCC, and the men and women who have worked on the project.

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