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Marathon Elementary School, Hopkinton - Steel Topping Off
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On Friday, May 19th at 11:00am on a beautiful spring day, a small group gathered at the location for the new Marathon Elementary School to celebrate the tradition of placing the last steel beam - "topping off" ceremony. The beam was signed by kindergarten and first grade students currently attending the Center School. 

Even with the town scrambling to add four more classrooms to the new $44 million Marathon Elementary School, the building remains on track to open for the 2018-2019 school year.

The two-story 88,700 square-foot school, under construction at 129 Hayden Rowe St. near EMC Park, hit another milestone Friday with construction workers installing the last steel beam. Crews also paved part of the parking lot and poured the second floor concrete earlier this week.

"Despite adding four classrooms midstream we are able to keep the original schedule," said Jeff D'Amico, senior project manager with the owner's project manager, Compass Project Management.

On Friday, town and school officials gathered to watch the last beam installed during a traditional "topping off" ceremony. The white beam featured the signatures of kindergarten and first-grade students at the Center School on Ash Street. The new building will replace Center School, built in 1927.

Excerpt from article in Metrowest Daily Times by Jonathan Phelps

   

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