Hall of Science Building Tops OutPublished: September 15, 2009
Nearly 200 faculty, students, administrators and construction contractor representatives were on hand Sept. 1 as construction of CSULB’s new Hall of Science building met a milestone with placement of the final steel beam during the traditional “topping out” ceremony.
Guest speakers were CSULB President F. King Alexander, Dean Laura Kingsford of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), and Vice President Ronald Wildermuth of Hunt Construction Group.
The new 160,000-square-foot Hall of Science is slated to open in 2011 as home to the Departments of Geological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Science Education and the remaining portions of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry not housed in the Molecular and Life Sciences Center or the Microbiology Building. Funded by voter-approved state bonds, it will contain 22 research laboratories, 31 classroom labs, two 180-seat and two 80-seat lecture halls, as well as the Jensen Student Access to Science center, Science Learning Center museum and CNSM administration and technical facilities.
Construction was suspended for 89 days this spring because of California’s budget crisis. The project, valued at approximately $100 million, is providing about 300 construction-related jobs, said Mark Zakhour, CSULB senior construction manager.
Topping out is a long-time tradition in the building trade and involves placing a small tree or branches on the final beam of a new building to honor nature for providing the natural resources for its construction.