Student Health Center holds ‘Topping Out Ceremony’

A 22-foot steel beam was raised into place on the new Student Health Center this week in a celebration honoring the project team and crew members of Rodgers Builders. The ritual of "topping out" marks the placement of the topmost piece of a structure and is one whose roots reach back for centuries.

University President Harris Pastides, Dr. Debbie Beck, executive director of Student Health Services and Healthy Carolina, along with Rodgers Builders executives addressed attendees on the significance of reaching this structural milestone. The beam, signed by members of the university community, bears a palmetto tree representing growth and good fortune, an evergreen tree symbolizing celebration and both a U.S. and UofSC flag.

A live feed of the progress of the building can be seen online. The Student Health Center is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.


I’ve had the pleasure of attending 3 previous topping off ceremonies during my presidency. What makes the Student Health Center so special is that this building will serve every member of our Carolina Family. It is a building for all.

University President, Harris Pastides

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