June 27, 2005
by Canadian Architect
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) announced the arrival of the steel beam that will be raised in a Topping Off ceremony to mark the completion of the steel structure of the new museum addition, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The 40-foot-long, three-pronged beam has been painted white and was delivered at the construction site already bearing the signatures of employees of Walters Inc., the steel fabricators for the Renaissance ROM expansion project. Steelworkers, construction workers, project engineers, museum staff, and major donors to the Renaissance ROM project will also sign the beam.
The Topping Off ceremony is expected to be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2005, when the large signed beam will be hoisted into its final position at a height of about 70 feet, directly over the new main entrance to the Crystal on Bloor Street West. Topping Off ceremonies are a historic tradition in construction projects, held to celebrate the completion of the structure of a building. It is customary to raise the signed final beam decorated with flags; an evergreen tree is also raised to mark an accident-free construction site.