South Huntsville Companies Host Private Topping Out Ceremony for New Multi-Tenant Facility
Placement of the final beam, signed by employees of Invariant, Freedom, and Torch
Construction is progressing on the new 4040 Chris Drive multi-tenant facility, and to celebrate the placement of the final beam, Freedom Real Estate and Capital, Invariant Corporation, and Torch Technologies hosted a Steel Topping Out ceremony on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM. In building construction, topping out is a builders' rite traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction. Due to COVID restrictions, this event was held privately.
The event began with a welcome from Huntsville Madison County Chamber CEO Chip Cherry and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. Next, we heard from property developer Freedom Real Estate & Capital CEO, Bill Roark, as well as from representatives of the tenants of the new facility, Invariant Corporation Director of Advanced Technology, John Montgomery, and Torch Technologies Senior Director, Brady Porter. Turner Construction's Project Executive Brandon Tucker provided ceremony history, and Turner raised the final beam atop the structure.
"Congratulations to our design and construction partners for keeping the project on schedule and moving forward safely during COVID," said Freedom Real Estate & Capital's Director of Capital Projects, Lee Holland. The design is led by Arcspace Studio and construction is led by Turner Construction Company. The project has achieved 25,000 work hours to date with no lost time accidents or injuries.
The 4040 Chris Drive Development is a multi-tenant building that will house up to 92,000 square feet and will feature a mix of office, research and development labs, light manufacturing, assembly, and integration space along with a high bay. The new mixed-use facility in South Huntsville has a completion date of early summer 2021.