San Diego International Airport celebrated a major milestone for The Green Build yesterday when the final steel beam for the 460,000 square-foot terminal expansion was installed. A "Topping Out" ceremony was attended by more than 200 elected officials, Airport Authority Board members, business and community leaders and members of the construction team.
Guests signed the steel beam prior to its installation. The 8,000 pound beam was then raised into place, topped with an American flag and evergreen tree, by a massive, 190-foot crane.
The final steel beam was installed on June 8, 2011.
More than 5,600 tons of steel - all American-made - were needed to provide the framework for the building, which will be home to 10 new gates and Sunset Cove, a new concession area with views of the airfield.
What's next? The walls for the terminal building will soon be constructed and work will continue on the interior of the structure. In addition, construction of the dual-level roadway in front of Terminal 2 is under way. Piles are now being drilled for the support columns. Stay tuned for more as that project moves forward.
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