Crews celebrate Central Bank Center milestone with ‘topping out’ ceremony
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s a sign of progress, the Central Bank Center celebrated a milestone with a ‘topping out’ ceremony:
Crews placed the final beam on the center, a construction tradition.
“It’s pretty exciting for us and the workers,” said Mark Hill, Vice President of Messer Construction.
The final beam crews added Thursday will create a new look downtown. It’ll include stakeholders' signatures, an American Flag, and a live evergreen tree. That tree represents good luck and prosperity, definitely something the Cats want in Rupp Arena.
The ceremony marks a significant milestone for the expansion project. It’s been more than two years since construction started on the Central Bank Center.
As we reported earlier this year, crews were a little bit behind schedule, but without any events happening because of the pandemic, they were able to catch up and get back on schedule.
Hill calls this moment a milestone but says he knows there’s still a lot of work to be done.
" And I think everybody is seeing the headways come down and now we’re doing the demolition in between the Hyatt in Rupp Arena and will just start working our way there with structure and enclosure of the building," Hill said.
The $300-million project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.
Officials also say the construction will not interfere with games at Rupp Arena for the Cats' upcoming season.
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