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USU Community, Supporters Top Off New Life Sciences Building

Herald Journal Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Utah State University students, administrators and supporters of the school braved the cold on Tuesday to sign their names on the last steel beam needed for the new Life Sciences Building before watching crews put it into place. ... The brief “topping off” ceremony was just one of the ways USU marked the construction of the new Life Sciences Building — a $45 million, 103,000-square-foot facility school officials consider long overdue. College of Science Dean Maura Hagan credits the builder, Salt Lake City-based Jacobsen Construction, with the idea to have a topping-off event. The idea came in a telephone conference between USU and the construction company last week, she said. ... Administrators and students say the Life Sciences Building is needed to replace current outdated facilities and alleviate a shortage of laboratory space. ... These days, topping off ceremonies are conducted at major universities as well as at institutions and businesses around the United States and the world.

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