Sign On to the TLC’s ‘Topping-Off’ Event

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Some people will be signing in person and everyone is invited to sign online — to be a permanent part of the Teaching and Learning Complex.

The signatures will go on an 18-foot-long piece of steel tubing in the canopy over the building’s south entry. The exposed “signature” beam will be the last piece of steel to go up — and cause for a “topping-off” event, Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Due to the pandemic, this topping-off will not be a big celebration. Instead, Design and Construction Management is limiting in-person attendance at the signing event and asking participants to register for one of eight 15-minute time slots. No more than five signers will be on-site at any time, allowing for proper physical distancing.

Personal invitations have gone out to about 200 people who have had a role in the project that will add classroom space for approximately 2,000 students.

Others in the campus community, including students, of course, are welcome to submit their signatures by email — and have until this coming Sunday (July 26) to do so. Here are the instructions:

  • Sign a piece of white paper with a Sharpie-style black pen or similar writing instrument.
  • Take a picture of it (high resolution).
  • Send it in by email.

The contractor plans to place the signatures on decals to be applied to the beam. It will be two stories off the ground, with a closer view — from 12 to 15 feet away — available from a balcony off the TLC’s second floor.

Vertical steel beams
Steel work continues on the TLC. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

The balcony sits at the top of stadium seating that will serve as an informal study and gathering place under the canopy. See artist’s rendering above: “This will be a phenomenal space,” said Jim Carroll, associate vice chancellor, Design and Construction Management.

A stairway alongside the stadium seating will provide access to and from the second story — which will serve as the building’s main floor, also accessible by a stairway on the north side along Hutchison Drive.

As for the actual topping-off, it will happen Wednesday, Aug. 5. By the time of the signing event, the construction crew will have knocked off for the day — they work from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to beat the heat — so the crew will erect the beam the next day.

The campus held a groundbreaking for the Teaching and Learning Complex in November. The building is due to be ready for occupancy in the spring of 2022.

Signature and a selfie!

The organizers are also calling for selfies of signers and their signatures. The images could become part of a video about the importance of this building to the campus. Send photos by email.

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