State officials joined college and community leaders, trustees, foundation board members, students and contractors for a beam signing ceremony marking a milestone in the construction of MWCC's new 44,000-square-foot science and technology center.
The centuries-old tradition of signing the steel beam that "tops off" a building signifies the completion of the structural phase of a construction project. Dozens packed in to MWCC's North Café on August 11 to permanently add their signatures to the 10-foot beam, which became the final and uppermost beam secured to the building frame.
"Thank you all for being here on this historic occasion," said President Daniel M. Asquino. "This is another step forward in the modernization of our campus and a brand new STEM building ready for occupancy a year from now."
State Senator Anne Gobi, representing MWCC's Senate delegation, described the new building as an "investment in education and an investment in the future" of the North Central Massachusetts region. "This community college has been a true building block for scores and scores of students."