Redniss & Mead’s Bret Holzwarth, P.E. was part of the action on Tuesday at Stamford Hospital’s Topping Out Ceremony. His name and signature will be forever part of the highest beam of the New Stamford Hospital.
The Topping-Out Tradition
Somewhere between ground-breaking and ribbon-cutting, comes a ceremony in the construction of many modern buildings called “topping-out”, a tradition believed to have originated around 700AD in Scandinavia. Topping-out occurs when the highest steel beam of a building is about to be swung into place. Before the beam is cabled to the crane, it is signed by the ironworkers, tradesmen and associated project personnel. After the beam is welded into position, an American flag and a small tree are often anchored atop.
While a great deal of labor to complete the building lies ahead, the topping-out ceremony is an indication of a significant goal reached and of the pride and satisfaction taken in a job well done to date.
Here are photos of the Stamford Hospital beam being hoisted to the top of the building:
The Redniss & Mead and Stamford Hospital Connection
Redniss & Mead has been a key part of the team from the beginning of this project by facilitating a property swap between Stamford Hospital and Charter Oak Communities to make two developments a reality. We provided planning, zoning consulting, civil engineering and land surveying services which translated to fluency in applications for Master Plan changes, Zone changes, Text changes, Site Plan approvals, and the discontinuance of City Streets. Construction logistics were critical to the design allowing the hospital to stay fully operational during the campus and facility improvements. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council under the LEED® rating system and is incorporating strategies from the Green Guide for Health Care.