Thursday’s ceremony, held in the construction laydown yard in Nameless Field, featured remarks from Chris Rhodes, Skanska senior project manager; John Unsworth, the University librarian and dean of libraries at UVA; and Mark Stanis, director of construction for UVA. Alex Alverez, a carpenter for subcontractor Martin Horn, translated the remarks into Spanish.
Rhodes thanked the workers for making the moment possible, and cited the history of topping-out ceremonies to celebrate construction milestones.
“This is an important milestone in the restoration of this historic project, and it reflects our transition away from asbestos, demolition, dirt work, rock and the building structure, and toward the building envelope and the interior finishes,” he said. “Traditionally, topping-out ceremonies remain popular in northern Europe and North America. They have traditionally included greenery or evergreen trees placed at the highest point.”