off” new research facility
Academic and Research Center under construction on Ohio University’s
West Green reached a milestone recently.
The same week
class of 2012 began their August anatomy immersion,constructions
workers “topped off’ the new building, being built to enhance
collaborative research and education between the medical college and
the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
a building is an old tradition among construction workers. When the
topmost structural element of a multi-story building is in place,
workers signify the occasion by placing a small evergreen tree or
flag on top. The new ARC building has both. Often, construction
workers sign the last steel beam before it is hoisted into place.
some traditions, the tree symbolize that construction so far has
occurred without injury or death to the workers, while others say it
provides good luck to the future inhabitants.
Melnick wrote in the December, 2000, issue of Modern Steel
Construction that the origin of the practice is uncertain but
likely traces back thousands of years to either Scandinavians or
Germans, who often built with the plentiful evergreen trees
scattered throughout northern Europe. Some legends, Melnick said,
even date the practice back to early Romans.
building, designed by Columbus-based engineering and architectural
firm Burgess & Niple, cost $30 million and will feature 100,000
square feet of state-of-the-art integrated research space, designed
to facilitate development of new diagnostics, therapeutics and
treatment paradigms. The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Russ
College alumnus Charles Stuckey and his wife, Marilyn, donated a
combined $15 million towards the construction.
The space will
host and enhance collaboration among individuals from the College of
Osteopathic Medicine, the Russ College of Engineering and , the
College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health and Human
Services. In addition, scientists from university research centers,
such as the Edison Biotechnology Institute and the Appalachian Rural
Health Institute, will conduct cross-disciplinary, collaborative
research within the new facility.
is expected to be completed in late 2009 and open for academic use
in early 2010.