Lori Bongiorno

by Lori Bongiorno

Principal, Director - Commercial Studio

Topping Out at Bob Evans

  • OCTOBER 09, 2012
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Yesterday, a Topping Out ceremony was held at the new Bob Evans Corporate Headquarters site in New Albany to commemorate the last piece of steel being hoisted into place at the Sunrise Tower. Bob Evans Board Members and Executives were on hand to participate in this milestone event at what is going to be their new home in 2013. Along with members of the design and the construction team, the Bob Evans representatives signed the last steel beam for the building before it was topped with an evergreen tree and an American flag and hoisted into place.

The practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits of their ancestors that had been displaced. The practice migrated to England with Scandinavian immigrants and took root there, eventually coming to the US.

The placing of an evergreen tree upon the structure symbolizes growth, is said to bring luck, and symbolizes that the steel frame was built without the loss of life. The beam is signed on the ground before it is hoisted into place by a crane. At Bob Evans, a white pen was used and the signatures will be able to be seen in the stair tower. The American flag symbolizes the iron workers' patriotism and the American Dream.

This practice is much improved from the Roman tradition where they celebrated the completion of structures by sacrificing human beings to the gods....

Lori Bongiorno

by Lori Bongiorno

Principal, Director - Commercial Studio

Lori’s mixed use career at M+A started in 1997 with Easton Town Center and has grown expansively ever since. Creating dynamic, sustainable, active neighborhoods is what Lori does best. But, when she's not working on projects, she loves cooking and hanging out with her daughters.