Distributed January 7, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mark Nickel

News and photo advisory

Brown to celebrate ‘topping out’ of Barus and Holley addition Jan. 11

Officials from Brown University and the George B. H. Macomber Co. will celebrate the topping out of a new addition to the Barus and Holley Building at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2000.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University Provost Kathryn Spoehr and Dean of Engineering Rodney Clifton will preside at a topping out ceremony for a new addition to the University’s Barus and Holley Building. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at the construction site, 184 George St.

The two-level, 17,000-square-foot addition, will connect the Barus and Holley Building with the Prince Engineering Laboratory. It will provide several new engineering laboratories, including a unique “studio laboratory” which will support both lectures and research. The addition will also serve as a new entrance for more than 5,000 students who use the two buildings every day.

The new structure was designed by Payette Associates of Boston and is being built by the George B. H. Macomber Co., also based in Boston. It should be completed by the fall of 2000.

Who: Remarks by Provost Kathryn Spoehr and Rodney Clifton, dean of engineering

What: Signing and raising of the ceremonial final beam, which will complete the structural skeleton of a two-story addition to the Barus and Holley Building

Where: Access to the site will be through the construction gate located behind 182 George St., between Brook and Hope streets.

When: The signing of the ceremonial beam will begin at 2 p.m.
Remarks by the provost and dean will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m.
The ceremonial beam will be raised between 3 and 3:15 p.m.
Refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Barus and Holley Building.