by Pam Zubeck
While many of us are most interested in topping off our cup of coffee on Monday mornings, a group of dignitaries gathered
this last Monday morning to "top off" the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
The event involved installing the final structural steel beam to the center. On hand were Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, UCCS Regent Kyle Hybl, Philip Lane (whose mother, Margot Lane, was the primary donor in the fundraising effort for the building), Peak Vista Community Health Centers CEO Pam McManus, GE Johnson President and CEO Jim Johnson, and UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak.
From a news release from GE Johnson:
Those that spoke offered their thanks for the collaboration that has gone into the construction of the building, which is 2 years ahead of the projected schedule. They also expressed excitement for the first permanent UCCS building on the North Nevada Avenue property. UCCS Regent Hybl called the Lane Center an, “historic step,” for the university.
In addition to serving UCCS students, when completed, the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences will house a Senior Health Clinic operated by Peak Vista Community Health Centers, who has been a primary partner in the project. The facility will also house several public and private health, wellness, and research programs including those that support our veteran care. The facility is pursuing LEED Gold Certification, and is designed by AndersonMasonDale Architects.
GE Johnson President and CEO Jim Johnson explained the significance off a topping off ceremony as a chance to celebrate the success and good fortune of the project thus far, and to look ahead to the completion and use of the building. He confirmed that the project is on schedule to open in January of 2014.