Orange County Stages ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony at Government Center
John Jordan | November 2016
GOSHEN, NY– Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus joined Chairman of the Legislature Steve Brescia recently at the Orange County Government Center here for a ceremony to place the final steel beam on top of Division Two of the building.
A “topping out” ceremony is a construction tradition that signifies that the highest point of the structure has been reached. Mr. Neuhaus and Mr. Brescia were joined at the event by Deputy County Executive Wayne Booth, Orange County Legislators Katie Bonelli, Barry Cheney and Matt Turnbull, District Attorney David Hoovler, Deputy County Clerk Kelly Eskew, County Court Judge Robert Freehill and Commissioner of Public Works Chris Viebrock.
Before the beam was hoisted into place, each dignitary and member of the construction team placed their signature on it.
“It’s wonderful to be able to provide residents with tangible progress on the renovation of their Government Center,” Neuhaus said at the Oct. 28th event. “We are looking forward to the building opening next year, returning this important component of Orange County Government to full operation. I want to thank our partners in the Legislature, the contractors and all County employees for their support and patience during this rebuilding process. It was great to be here at the Government Center site today for this important step.”
The last steel beam was raised to the upper floor in the new Division Two of the Government Center. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2017, the Government Center will feature the return of the Executive and Legislative Branches of county government and supporting departments to a new state of the art facility. Utilizing local union labor forces, the Government Center is being constructed by Rizzo Corp., Armistead Mechanical Inc., Mehl Electric Company Inc. and Joe Lombardo Plumbing and Heating of Rockland Inc. The Government Center has been closed since September 2011 after sustaining significant water damage due to flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
“I want to commend the County Executive and his administration for keeping this project on time, on budget and the Legislature engaged in this process,” Brescia said. “I know that Orange County residents will be pleased when they are able to conveniently access county government in one coordinated site.”