March 15, 2021

Topping-Out Ceremony Held For Summit Arena

Crews from Mortenson Builders raise an autographed beam for placement in the exterior of the new Summit Arena, the highlight of the March 13 Topping-Out Ceremony attended by city, business and construction officials and several dozen from the public. Crews from Mortenson Builders raise an autographed beam for placement in the exterior of the new Summit Arena, the highlight of the March 13 Topping-Out Ceremony attended by city, business and construction officials and several dozen from the public. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

A Topping Out Ceremony was held Saturday (March 13) for the Summit Arena facility. 

A major milestone in the project, a topping out ceremony is a construction-industry tradition marking the moment when the crew puts the final structural beam in place.   

Several dozen people from the public attended the event along with City, business and construction officials. 

Mayor Steve Allender was joined by current Council members Ritchie Nordstrom, Jason Salamun, Pat Jones, Greg Strommen and Bill Evans along with former Council members Becky Drury, Brad Estes, Charity Doyle and Steve Laurenti. 

Dave Richardson of Mortenson talked about the significance of the topping out ceremony, the great pride taken by the workers on the project and the coordination and cooperation with Scull Construction and numerous local contractors.  

Mayor Allender talked about the importance community support has played in the project and the impact of the Summit Arena to the future of the community.  

A number of department directors and key staff joined Civic Center Director Craig Baltzer including Police Chief Dom Hedrick, Public Works Director Dale Tech, Human Resources Director Nick Stroot, City Attorney Joel Landeen and City Project Manager Rod Johnson.  

Baltzer thanked his staff for their dedication to the project and how the project remains on budget and on time.  The facility is set for a grand opening this fall.

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