New College of Health Sciences building tops out at Appalachian State University


Subcontractors and craftworkers were applauded at Appalachian State University during a traditional topping out ceremony for the new building to house the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Guests watched as the final piece of steel structure was raised, bearing an American flag and evergreen tree, to mark completion of the steel infrastructure and to honor the craftworkers’ hard work and dedication to safety.

Guests were invited to sign the beam before a crane hoisted it to its final position.

“We know the inhabitants of this building will improve health care for Western North Carolina and beyond for decades to come,” said Dr. Sheri N. Everts, Chancellor of Appalachian State University.

Beaver College of Health Sciences was established in 2010, with hopes to significantly enhance health care and quality of life for individuals in Western North Carolina. Located in close proximity to the Watauga Medical Center, this learning facility greatly expands the quality of education, research and public service for the community. The new 203,000-square-foot building will include high tech and innovative classrooms and labs that will be used for exercise science, nursing, social work, nutrition and other programs.

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Appalachian State University website, June 13, 2017, Workers celebrated in ‘topping ceremony’ for Beaver College of Health Sciences building