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Beam-signing, Topping-off Celebration Kicks Off on Campus

February 6, 2018

Wentworth donors sign the beam with Zorica Pantić

Wentworth donors sign the beam with Zorica Pantić

Photos by Joshua Touster

President Zorica Pantić and other campus leaders Monday signed one of the final beams for Wentworth’s $55 million building for innovation, engineering and sciences—the university’s first new academic building in more than 45 years.

The signing kicked off a celebration on campus that includes signing of the beam by students, faculty and staff on February 6 and 7, and a special topping-off program on February 8 in Tansey Gymnasium. Joining the president was Eric Overstrӧm, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost; Faculty Senate President Emma Smith Zbarsky, associate professor, Department of Applied Mathematics; and Wentworth Student Government President Chris Joanis, BSAM ’19.

The topping-off celebration includes:

  • The community beam signing, which began Tuesday, February 6, at 9:00 a.m. in the Myles and Eugenia Sweeney Pavilion (Flanagan Campus Center), and continues during regular business hours on Wednesday, February 7.
  • A special program on Thursday, February 8, where the campus community will mark this construction milestone in Tansey Gymnasium from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. President Pantić and project leaders will talk about the new building and the topping off.
  • And, also on the 8th, weather permitting the first beam will be hoisted atop the building at approximately 1:00 p.m. The best vantage points are across Parker Street in the Annex frontage area of campus.

Here are some interesting facts about the project thus far:

  • The project has required 493 tons of steel—as heavy as 275 Volkswagens or six space shuttles.
  • Some 14,127 cubic yards of concrete have been used—enough to make 8,500 concrete canoes, or fill up an Olympic-sized pool more than four times.
  • Workers have implanted nearly three miles of driven concrete piles that if laid end-to-end would extend from Wentworth to Government Center.
  • From an education standpoint, Wentworth has accrued more than 4,500 student “learning hours” from this project—equivalent to almost 2.5 years of full-time school for one student.
  • Excavation has turned up some interesting items, including clay pipes (c. 1820) and an unopened jar of pickles, as well as bottles and other artifacts. See photo gallery.

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