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Topping Out Ceremony Marks a Milestone for Southeast Polk’s New Middle School

ALTOONA, IA — The Weitz Company recently celebrated the topping out of the New Southeast Polk 6-7 Middle School project in Altoona, Iowa. The ceremony marked a significant milestone in the construction of the educational facility.

The Weitz Iowa Commercial Project Team, joined by FRK Architects + Engineers and members of the Southeast Polk Board and Administration, came together to sign the final steel beam to be placed atop the structure. Attendees looked on as the project team positioned the last steel beam at the main entrance of the new middle school. Following the ceremony, the attendees took a behind-the-scenes tour of the project, getting to see the building’s progress up close.

Spanning 210,000 square feet, the middle school is slated to complete by June 2024.

“This is a big milestone for the project," said Ryan Catus, Senior Project Manager. "The structure is done, and we’re moving on to the inside. Our next milestone is working on getting the building enclosed.”

The project will now enter the enclosure phase, and the team will initiate exterior framing. This process will place an emphasis on the curtainwall installation at the main entrance — the spot where the commemorative beam now rests and where the school will welcome students in the near future.

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