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The Final Beam, Finally

The beam-signing event brought many people from around the campus together for one main goal: to celebrate one of the first steps out of many required of the new building.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, several hundred people visited the site of the future Integrated Science Complex to sign the final steel beam placed in the building’s frame.

Among the students, faculty and staff, were UMass Boston’s who’s-who including Holly Sutherland, manager of the Master Plan and construction communications, Charlie Titus, Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Patrick Day, and Chancellor Keith Motley.

The ceremony was visible from many locations on campus, including the catwalk between the Healey Library and Quinn Administration Building, the Ryan Lounge, the third floor McCormack Building, and the eighth floor of Healey Library. A live webcam also broadcasted the event online.

The Integrated Science Complex, part of UMass Boston’s 1 billion 25-year master plan, is anticipated to open in September of 2013, and will feature state-of-the-art research facilities, classrooms and training laboratories.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the UMass Building Authority and Mass Development are funding the construction, which is estimated to cost $155 million.

Students who attended the event said they were happy to leave their mark on the building.

“When I heard about this, I was pretty excited. How often do people get a chance to leave their signature on a brand new building?” said Jen, a freshman.

Amanda, a sophomore studying business, said she thought it would be cool to sign the beam.

“I remember when there was barely anything there and now they are almost done building it. That’s really amazing,” she said.

Sophomore DJ has a vested interest in the Integrated Science Complex.

“As a Bio major, I can’t wait for this building to be done,” he said.

After signing, people were given small foam-shaped beams with the inscription “I signed the Beam.”

According to an email from the university, construction in the building will now move to pouring concrete for the roof and floors.