Looking Back, Jan. 11, 2007
Looking Back, Jan. 11, 2007: Workers ‘top out’ at the Yahoo! Data center site
Those driving by the Yahoo!, Inc., data center construction site last week may have noticed an American flag and a small evergreen tree rising from the top of a roof beam. Both the flag and the tree are part of the “topping out” ceremony, which happens after the uppermost steel beam is put in place on most major construction projects.
Dave Kivi, site safety manager for the construction firms of DPR and Fortis; who are building the data center in a joint effort, said the flag is always a part of the topping out ceremony and the tree is put up to symbolize there was no loss of life or serious injuries during that phase of construction.
Along with putting up the tree and flag on the afternoon of Friday, all of the workers signed the final beam before it was put into place. Kivi praised contractor RF Stearns and subcontractors Evergreen Erectors, of Lynnwood, which installed the steel, and G.G. Richardson, of Wenatchee, which poured and raised 26-foot-tall tip-up concrete walls.
“We’re very proud of the work they have done,” said Kivi. “They’ve done a great job in difficult conditions – wind, rain, snow and ice.”
Mike Page, site manager for DPR-Fortis, said the project is right on schedule. Excavation work began in September, the ironwork began on Dec. 11, and the construction is expected to be complete this summer on the building, which is 500 feet long and 238 feet wide.