Saturday, December 6, 2008

Georgia State Marks Milestone in Science Center Construction

Georgia State University marked a major milestone in the construction of the state-of-the-art Parker H. Petit Science Teaching Laboratory during a “topping out” ceremony on Dec. 5.

The center, part of the university’s science park at Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue, will house faculty and students from multiple disciplines, including biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and the College of Health and Human Services.

The topping off tradition marks the end of the rise of a building under construction, and the placing of the last beam on top of a facility. A beam was signed by construction workers - who thus far have put 200,000 working hours into the building - and others involved in the project, before being hoisted to the top of the Petit building with both an American flag and an evergreen tree.

Officials anticipate opening the $150 million, 350,000-square-foot facility by the spring of 2010. Funding is provided by Parker H. Petit, philanthropist and Matria Healthcare chief executive; the state of Georgia; the Georgia State University Foundation; the Georgia State University Research Foundation; and other private donations.

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