Workers at San Diego International Airport will celebrate completing the steel framework for the expansion of Terminal 2 on Wednesday (8 June), with a traditional ‘Topping Out” ceremony.
At the event, elected officials, members of the airport authority and guests will sign the final steel beam, which will then – topped with an American flag and evergreen tree – be ceremoniously raised into place.
The ‘Topping Out’ ceremony marks the completion of the steel framework phase of the 460,000 sqft Terminal 2 West expansion – part of San Diego International Airport’s $1 billion Green Build project.
The Green Build project, which began in 2009, will see 10 new gates built at the terminal as well as new curbside check–in facilities, a dual-level roadway system (to relieve curb–front traffic congestion), more security lanes and an expanded concessions area.
The project is forecast to be fully completed by 2013 is expected to create 1,000 jobs at peak construction.
The practice of ‘topping out’ a new building comes from the ancient Scandinavian practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits for the trees that had been displaced.
Today, a tree placed on the top beam symbolizes growth and is said to bring good luck.