A beam-raising ceremony was held Mar. 30 at the Thayer School of Engineering's newest addition, the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center. Painted white and adorned with signatures from members of the Dartmouth community, the beam was hoisted into place at the top of the new building.
Topping-off ceremonies date back to the late 1800s. The structure's highest and last beam is decorated with an evergreen tree and an American flag, signifying that the building has reached its uppermost level without loss of life or injury to workers.
"This ceremony provides an opportunity to stop and appreciate the efforts of everyone involved and to reflect on the progress being made toward expanding the learning and research environment of Thayer School," said Bill Lotko, Professor of Engineering and Interim Dean. "The signatures displayed on this beam will serve as a long-lasting symbol of our collaborative approach to engineering education at Dartmouth."
Named for Barry MacLean '60, Th '61 and his wife, Mary Ann, who committed $15 million towards the project, the Center will provide new space to carry out Thayer School's innovative and collaborative educational vision. It is designed by Koetter/Kim and Associates of Boston.
By LAUREL STAVIS
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