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BU Beam Day! October 7, 2011
On Friday, October 7th, the final two beams to be raised onto the 100 Bay State Road Center for Student Services project traveled to around campus to collect student signatures. Since the Center will be a hub of activity for students, we wanted students to be the ones who leave their permanent mark on the building by signing a key piece of the structure.
Why Sign The Beam?
Tradition dictates that when the last beam of a steel structure is raised (or the last brick of a masonry structure), a ceremony is held to celebrate the key point in the building’s creation.
One of the final beams will be signed by important members of the community – the construction workers, project managers, administrators, and in our case, the students who the building will serve.
The beam will be raised in the coming weeks along with the U.S., Commonwealth of Massachusetts and University flags, and an evergreen tree. This tree is not us rushing the December holidays, don’t worry – it is a symbol of growth and good luck.
About the Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road
When it opens in the Fall of 2012, the Center for Student Services will house several departments committed to student success. The Center for Career Development, the Educational Resource Center and a larger CAS Academic Advising operation will be housed at the site. A dining hall designed with student input will be a giant part of the building as well.
To learn more about the project, visit the University’s Facilities Management and Planning website.