Fremont Union High School District Hosts Event Marking Construction Milestone of New Student Union Building at Cupertino High School

Santa Clara, Calif., – The Fremont Union High School District, Blach Construction and Program Manager Kitchell, will be holding a “Topping-Out” ceremony at Cupertino High School, part of the Fremont Union High School District, on March 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM. The campus is located at 10100 Finch Avenue in Cupertino.

Blach Construction, a Santa Clara-based General Contractor, is partnering with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) and Kitchell to build a new $16.5 million, 33,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art Student Union Building. This building is being constructed to serve the needs of increasing student enrollment at both Cupertino High School and the Fremont Union High School District over the next few years.

The building comprises three main components, a new kitchen café and servery, guidance and support services, and a second floor library and computer lab. The “Topping-Out” ceremony will mark the moment that the final beam on the east bridge canopy will be hoisted into place, completing the building’s underlying structure.

Students, faculty, staff, and District Board of Trustees will be in attendance, along with representatives from each company. The beam will be strategically placed for signing by students, board members and staff prior to being lifted into place.

The origins of the tradition of “Topping-Out” are unknown, but it has become a cherished practice among ironworkers whenever the skeleton of a building or bridge is completed. “Topping-Out” is a signal that the uppermost steel beam is being placed and that the structure has reached its full height.

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