It's not the typical work day when I don a hard hat and get mud on my shoes.
Friday, December 16, was a pretty cool day (literally and figuratively). It was the "Topping Off" ceremony for GSK's future Philadelphia home at Five Crescent Drive in the Navy Yard. Representatives from GSK, Liberty Property Trust, and LF Driscoll, along with about 80
construction workers, signed the final steel beam. And then the beam was hoisted WAY up in the air, waving around in the wind, until its final resting place at the top of the building. Two men were at the top waiting to secure the beam in place. I almost got vertigo just looking at them and was suddenly quite grateful for my safe office job.
On top of the beam stands an evergreen tree signifying the safe completion of the structure. This being mid-December, it looks suspiciously like a Christmas tree. But this tree tradition in the construction world actually has nothing to do with Christmas traditions.
Bill Hankowsky, Liberty's Chairman and CEO, thanked the workers for their contributions and the amazing progress on the building. Back in June, we had stood at the same site, looking at a big pile of dirt.
Speaking of dirt, next came the muddy part. A flock of GSK employees, including NA Pharma President Deirdre Connelly, traipsed through the grounds to the stairway and walked up to the third floor. What a view! Ships and water on one side, Center City on the other side. And there will be no need for traffic reports for 95--just look out the window (once there are windows)!
soon, the celebration was over. Now we can start thinking about the next big
celebration - the grand opening--as we prepare for our move at the end of next