CSI Construction Marks Milestone, Texas Style

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Mar. 26, 2013

CSI Construction Marks Milestone, Texas Style

Construction company holds a Tex-Mex luncheon to mark the topping out of Phase 3B of the Center for the Sciences and Innovation

workers sign their name on a steel beam
Workers sign their names on steel beam that will "top out" the metal frame of CSI Phase 3B. 

By Russell Guerrero '83

Trinity President Dennis Ahlburg signs the topping out beam in CSI 3BFor a few hours on a recent March day, 275 workers building the Center for the Sciences and Innovation took a break to enjoy a Tex-Mex lunch to mark a milestone in the construction of Trinity University's massive, multi-year project.

Vaughn Construction, the project builders, hosted the event to celebrate the topping out of Phase 3B, a new wing that has gone up on the site of the former Moody Engineering Building and the central physical plant.

Members of the Trinity community were also invited to mark the occasion, which included the signing of the last steel beam needed to complete the top of the metal frame of Phase 3B.

After the steel beam was hoisted to the top of the structure to be riveted into place, tours where held inside Phase 3A, the renovation of the Cowles Life Sciences Building, which is taking place simultaneously with the building of Phase 3B.

Carpets are being installed, lab cabinets and other furniture are being put in, and interior walls are being painted to finish the project. The psychology and biology departments are scheduled to move into Phase 3A by July, and doors will open for classrooms in the Fall 2013 semester.

In 3B, the floor slabs and walls are going up, and much of the infrastructure, including  wiring, is being installed.  Windows are also being added to the structure. Phase 3B is scheduled to be finished in November with the building ready for the Spring 2014 semester.

-Russell Guerrero '83 is the public information officer at Trinity. He can be reached at rguerrer@trinity.edu