Engineering building beam placed during ceremony

29 Jan 2018

Author: Midland Reporter - Telegram

The last critical structural piece for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s under-construction College of Engineering building was flown into place Monday during a “topping out” ceremony that celebrated the milestone.

Attendees were invited to sign the 18-inch-by 22-foot rigging beam, painted orange to match the school’s colors, before it was placed in the southwest corner of the building-to-be.

“The significance of this day goes far beyond the beam-signing and the building,” UTPB President Sandra Woodley said. “This ceremony represents a promising future for a growing university and an important addition to the longevity and success of this entire region.”

As the oil and gas industry grows in the Permian Basin, so too does the need for engineers. The building will house petroleum, mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering programs. State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, said being able to educate students from the region will have lasting beneficial impacts.

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