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Camden County College, in Blackwood, N.J., recently conducted a "topping off" ceremony for its Madison Connector Building, which is the first new construction begun under the $83 million Blackwood Campus transformation project announced by CCC and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2005.

Camden County College, in Blackwood, N.J., recently conducted a "topping off" ceremony for its Madison Connector Building, which is the first new construction begun under the $83 million Blackwood Campus transformation project announced by CCC and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2005.

The Oct. 25 event, which took place on the construction site, was the first topping ceremony conducted by CCC. It took place almost one year to the day that the groundbreaking ceremony for the building had been held.

Acting President Raymond A. Yannuzzi served as master of ceremonies. Also taking part were other college officials as well as members of the Camden County freeholder board, other elected officials and members of the trade organizations that have been involved in the construction.

Attendees signed a special I-beam created by the college's computer integrated manufacturing area for the occasion. The piece later will be installed in the completed building as a part of its decor.

Topping ceremonies emerged from an event conducted when the first stone building was completed in Egypt in 2700 B.C. and evolved through various incarnations as the custom spread throughout Europe and Asia. The version practiced in the United States today involves placement of a live evergreen tree and an American flag on an I-beam to celebrate completion of the infrastructure and bestow good luck upon the building and those who inhabit and utilize it.
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