Abernethy Laurels Holds Topping Out Ceremony

August 22, 2016

Abernethy Laurels and its construction management partner, Rodgers Builders, Inc., celebrated the retirement community’s new health and rehabilitation center project with a “topping out” ceremony on Friday.

Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers, welcomed the guests. "We have reached a significant milestone for the construction of this facility. There are so many people whose efforts have been a part of this project, from the leaders of United Church Homes & Services and their Board of Directors, the architectural firm SFCS, Inc., but especially, today we honor our craftworkers. We thank them for their dedication to the safe completion of this project and for their commitment to their craft."

The traditional topping out ceremony was capped by the lifting of the final steel beam of the structure into place. The ceremony also included placing an American flag and evergreen tree on the beam to celebrate a safe project. Employees, residents, donors and craftworkers were invited to sign the beam before a crane hoisted it to its final position.

Lee Syria, President and CEO of United Church Homes and Services, thanked the craftworkers for their efforts thus far. “These dedicated workers dealt with extreme weather conditions during the cold months and now very hot temperatures during the summer months that could have been obstacles, but they stayed committed to the project while not letting safety become lax. Their hard work and perseverance on bringing a modernized building to the older adults of our community has not gone unnoticed.”

Guests received T-shirts and a catered lunch.

The project’s initial groundbreaking was held in the fall of 2015.  This building, which will be a 2-story steel framed center that will house 96 resident suites, is expected to be completed summer of 2017.