Topping-off ceremony shows Capstone Project's progress

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Students and staff lined the railing in the Capstone Lab inside Metropolitan Community College’s Construction Education Center on Tuesday afternoon. All eyes were on some Construction Technology students and instructors as they raised a final, special piece of plywood into place, along with a few other special props on their Capstone Project.

The CEC’s Capstone Project brings students from all construction programs together to build a house. Students from Construction Technology, Plumbing, Electrical Technology, HVAC, Welding, Architectural Design and Civil Engineering have come together to work on the home that will, after completion, move to a lot in North Omaha.

On Tuesday, the project reached an important milestone. The skeleton of the house had been completed to its highest point. To mark the event, students nailed a small artificial tree to the roof of the home. Topping-off ceremonies are a longstanding tradition in the construction world.

Along with the tree, students installed an American flag and the final piece of plywood that was signed by all the CEC students who have helped construct the home.

“This is a milestone in our building,” Construction Technology instructor Willis Kennedy said. “It’s been a long time coming. All the students and staff have worked very hard on it.”

Students and staff are aiming to have the 1,500-squre-foot home completed by early spring. CEC students will begin working on another home shortly after, with the plan to complete one home a year.