Updated with Photos: Hunking School Project Reached Exciting Milestone Tuesday
If you notice an American flag flying high over the area just behind the Bradford Fire Station, don’t worry … you haven’t missed a patriotic holiday. The flag is part of a construction tradition called Topping Off, and it happened Tuesday, October 13 at the Hunking School project.
Topping Off marks the point in a construction project when the steel frame of the building is complete. The tradition is a celebration by the steelworkers on a project noting the end of their part in the project.
Most of the time, the workers place a flag on the highest point of the building. But around the holidays, sometimes a Christmas tree replaces the traditional flag.
It also marks a transition point for the project. As one team of workers finishes and moves off-site, a new groups arrive to begin the next steps, which include closing up the shell of the building and beginning to install the interior finishings.