My friends in Christ,
On Friday, March 8th, Monsignor Moylan, St. Marguerite d'Youville, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, and Bishop Hyland were the first to sign the beam as CKS student representatives remembered their legacy. Following in their footsteps, Monsignor Frank and hundreds of students and parishioners made their mark on Christ the King history and signed the final steel beam.
One week later, on Friday, March 15th, New South Construction hosted a Topping Out celebration for all the workers, designers, and engineers who have contributed to the construction of the new Hyland Center.
Origin of Topping-Out Ceremony
A topping out ceremony is held when the last beam is placed on a new bridge or building. Iron workers attach an evergreen tree and a flag, paint the final beam, autograph it, and then hoist it into place and secure it. The origins of the tradition are variously thought to go back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, or Native Americans. The addition of the evergreen tree dates back 1,300 years and is claimed by both Scandinavian and German construction workers. It is thought to originally represent a thank you to the tree spirits for contributing the construction materials and also symbolizes growth and brings luck. Wherever it started, it is a solid tradition in American steel construction.
Despite the rain, the contractors were able to place the final two beams into place. Following tradition, one beam had the American flag and an evergreen tree attached. The final beam had the signatures of hundreds of Christ the King Cathedral and School families.
We are excited to reach this point in construction. In the coming weeks you will see the building transform even more as the concrete floors are poured and exterior walls are constructed.
I will continue to keep you updated of the progress of the construction and our capital campaign. If you have any questions, please email
Yours in Christ,
Capital Campaign Update
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Monsignor Frank McNamee
on Wednesday, March 20 at 3:40PM