“Topping Out” ceremony held
During a “topping out” ceremony on Sept. 28, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of the College, announced that, in honor of Park B. Smith’s $10 million donation to the advancement of science education at Holy Cross, the new building will be named the “Linda and Park B. Smith Laboratories.”
“Topping out” is a longstanding tradition in the construction industry, in which a fir tree and the United States flag are placed upon a steel beam that is then lowered into place at the top of a new building. Prior to its placement, construction workers and members of the campus community signed the steel beam, painted white for the occasion, with purple markers.
Fr. McFarland, Timothy R. Austin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, and Charles “Chick” Weiss, director of grants, foundation and corporate giving—and the official shepherd of the new endeavor—all spoke at the afternoon ceremony.
In their remarks, they thanked faculty and staff for their help in conceptualizing and planning the enormous project. Also acknowledged were project architect Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering and the construction management of Bond Brothers. In addition, Fr. McFarland expressed his gratitude to the many alumni and friends who have supported the project financially—including three Worcester foundations, the Fuller Foundation, the Alden Trust and the Stoddard Charitable Trust.
“I’d like to thank Park B. Smith, Class of ‘54, whose generosity and leadership have changed the landscape of the campus,” said Fr. McFarland, when announcing the laboratory’s name. “Park’s support has led to the construction of Smith Hall, an academic building at the heart of campus that is home to the Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, as well as to athletic and wellness facilities on upper campus. Clearly, he and his wife, Linda, are dedicated to the Jesuit ideal of developing the whole person—spiritual, intellectual, and physical. They have helped turn our dreams for our students into realities.”
For updated news and construction progress reports on the Integrated Science Complex, including video of the "topping out" ceremony, visit http://www.holycross.edu/science_complex/