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Q. Why is a sapling used in a topping out ceremony?
A. Traditionally, a sapling - often an evergreen - is placed atop the building's frame during a topping out ceremony to celebrate the milestone of reaching the highest point in construction and to represent good luck for the remainder of the project. The sapling for the topping out ceremony was donated by Hall Farms and secured by Log A Load For Kids, a volunteer organization that raises funds for ACH and has committed $2 million to the South Wing project.

Did you know?

  • The South Wing has more than 1,000 doors
  • The building's footprint is larger than a football field
  • Key dates:
  • Dec. 1, 2008: Pre-order of 500,000 pounds of massive structural steel.
  • May 15, 2009: First piers were drilled
  • Nov. 30, 2010: New steam & chilled water lines were operational
  • Sept. 27, 2009: Tower crane was installed
  • March 22, 2010: Date of first column set
  • June 25, 2010: Spiral stairs were installed
  • Aug. 25, 2010: Topping Out Ceremony held
  • Nov. 10, 2010: Atrium enclosed
  • Nov. 30, 2010: First air conditioning/heating was online
  • Dec. 10, 2010: Labyrinth was completed
  • Jan. 9, 2011: Tower crane was removed
  • Feb. 9, 2011: Building 'in the dry' date
  • Feb. 16, 2011: March 16, 2011: Beginning and ending of tunnel under Battery Street
  • March 1, 2011: First new ED room finished
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