Final Steel Beam Installed in New Building

Sun, 2017/09/17

On Friday, September 15, 385 days after the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ed Kaplan Family Institute For Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, the final steel beam was put into place in on the new building meant to house the Institute. The occasion was marked with a beam signing ceremony prior to its installation. In attendance at the ceremony were several important and influential community and school leaders, including Illinois Tech President Alan W. Cramb, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Alderwoman Pat Dowell. After a brief series of speeches from these city and educational figures, the beam signing started, and included along with these signatories were the invited students and alumni alike who helped to bring the project to reality and who are expected to benefit from the new facilities once completed.

Now that the skeleton of the new building is complete, work can begin on filling the structure with the necessary utilities and amenities required in a building such as plumbing, electrical wiring, sprinkler systems, fire retardant, insulation, and much more. A cross sectional copy of the building has been erected across Federal Street from the new building which shows the future work on the building, demonstrating that there is still much to be done. The building is expected to be completed late in 2018.