Topping Off Ceremony at Brown School of Engineering

In 2018, Brown University’s School of Engineering, which holds the distinction of being the oldest engineering program in the Ivy League, will open a brand new research building featuring 20 laboratories and an open-space design that will facilitate collaboration across disciplines. Researchers, faculty members, and students from varying specialties will work side by side, fostering partnerships and working towards advancements in research that will change the world for years to come.

029 thumbToday, the project, still in its early stages, celebrated a milestone as the very last steel beam was hoisted into place during a Topping Off Ceremony. Members of the Arden Engineering team were on hand to sign their names to the beam, immortalizing themselves into the history of this important addition to Brown University and the field of engineering.

It’s only fitting that a building designed to offer its inhabitants an open and collaborative work environment is also built that way.  This is why the new School of Engineering Project at Brown University is utilizing an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method, a technique that promotes collaboration between contractors and subcontractors throughout the life of the project.

With the final steel beam in place and the skeletal frame of the new building starting to take shape, our work is only just beginning. Underground lab-waste piping was installed during the first phase of construction, with HVAC and fire protection systems installations beginning now.

This building and its future role within the Brown University community will not only help to advance the field of engineering, but its very construction is playing a tremendous role in the way we build as a whole. While this project is the first at Brown to use the IPD method, it certainly will not be the last.