Trees, flags top off state's construction history
The topping out ceremony celebrates the completion of many hours of heavy lifting, the near completion of constructing a building. It's a time for celebration.
Sometimes it's an undecorated evergreen or decorated Christmas tree. Sometimes it's a flag. Sometimes it's a steel beam. And, sometimes it's all of the above that is hoisted in the air to the highest point of construction.
The Oklahoman has captured some of these historical events as, one after one, a new hospital, a new bank, a new stadium has been erected.
On Dec. 10, 1970, The Oklahoman's photographer Bob Albright, photographed the brightly lit tree placed atop the Myriad Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
June 16, 1976
Topping out ceremony at City Center Building at Main and Broadway
July 10, 1981
Topping out ceremony for multi-level parking garage at Will Rogers World Airport
July 25, 1990
Topping out the 13th level for The Oklahoman Building at Britton Road and Broadway Extension
April 30, 1999
A symbolic tree is placed atop the Marriott Renaissance Hotel.
Feb. 27, 2012
The highest beam is lifted into place at Mercy Edmond.
Oct. 23, 2012
Topping out ceremony for the Deer Creek Performing Arts and Athletic Center
March 25, 2011
Topping out ceremony on Deer Creek Middle School
Sept. 21, 2011
Evergreen tree and American flag attached to a beam are raised to the top of the tower at the Devon Energy Center
Aug. 31, 2010
Topping out ceremony at Yukon High School
Sept. 24, 2010
The last beam is placed during the topping out ceremony for Integris Health in Edmond.
May 12, 2008
Topping off at Norman Regional Healthplex
April 8, 2016
Topping out ceremony for the south end zone renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
July 16, 2015
A tree is raised in a topping out ceremony for Norman Regional Moore Medical Cinic.
Dec. 20, 2007
A beam and Christmas tree are hoisted to the top of Boone Pickens Stadium.