Gritman Medical Center invites the community to a Beam Setting Celebration and picnic-style lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., March 22, in the Gritman South parking lot. The event will celebrate the last beam being placed in the new 54,000 square foot Gritman Medical Office Building.
Prior to the event, the community is invited to stop by the Gritman Emergency Department entrance to sign the beam, March 15-21.
In building construction, “topping out” or celebrating the last beam being set, is a builders’ custom. There are many theories on where the tradition of “topping out” a new building comes from, but the most widely cited story credits ancient Scandinavia cultures.
The Scandinavians reportedly placed a tree atop a new building to appease tree dwelling spirits and to represent bringing new life to the building. Evergreen trees are often used as a symbol of good luck for future occupants, continued growth and a safe job.