Topping Out Ceremony Held for New Facility for Business and Information Science


TUSKEGEE, Ala. - (January 18, 2007) - The University held its official Topping Out ceremony on Jan. 17,  for the construction of the new Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science.

University administrators, students, members of the staff and representatives and workers from Turner Universal Construction gathered on the lawn adjacent to construction for the new facility. The ceremony observes the builders custom of topping out a new building with an evergreen plant, which represents prosperity, wealth and success for the owners of the new facility.

"As you approach this campus and this facility, not only is this a place of historic renown. It is a place to show that things are happening in this community," said University President Benjamin F. Payton.

Turner Universal, which has offices in Huntsville, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn., is the contractor for the $15 million project scheduled for completion by the end of July. With Turner's efforts to strengthen their relationship with the University, they donated $14,000 to the University's general fund.

In addition to their investment in the University and students, Turner also awarded a $6,380 scholarship to Tuskegee University senior Keisha Richardson, an architecture and construction science major from Baltimore.

"We give away scholarships annually to young people that show they are hungry for knowledge and ready for work," said Hilton Smith, senior vice president of Turner. "We are proud that Keisha will be working with us full time, and Tuskegee has all to do with that."

Tuskegee University's distinct legacy of being home to structures built brick-by-brick by its students continues as Richardson serves as assistant engineer for the construction of the Brimmer building. "I'm happy that I was awarded the scholarship because it helped me with my tuition," she said.

Dr. Payton says he envisions projects, such as the construction of the business school, as a tool to engage students and prepare them for real-world career experiences. "We see these projects as a hands-on tool for students to gain insight and to advance themselves as professionals," he said.

The College of Business and Information Science will be named after the illustrious economist and business consultant, Andrew F. Brimmer, who is the first African-American chairman of the University's Board of Trustees.

With four stories and approximately 45,000 square feet, the new facility will quadruple the available space for classrooms, laboratories, offices and lounges. Equally important as the physical structure are the programs that the new facility will accommodate and expand. The college recently has undertaken program initiatives in the areas of information system security, high performance computing for science and engineering, supply chain management and an international business certificate program.

The business and information science programs are slated to move in on August 1.

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