By Mike Perleberg
A construction worker signs his name to the final steel beam before it was raised to the top of the in-progress Lawrenceburg Event Center and Hotel Friday.
Mike Perleberg-Eagle 99.3
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A milestone moment in the construction of Lawrenceburg’s new event center took place Friday.
Construction crews raised the final steel beam in the construction of the nine-story hotel towering over the Ohio River. Construction crews, city leaders, and neighboring residents and businesses signed their names to the eight foot beam.
The beam was decorated with an evergreen tree, signifying renewal and regrowth the city and project leaders hope the facility will spur in the historic downtown district.
“It’s a great accomplishment. Well over 1,000 hours of time has been put to get to where we are,” said Bruce Tumlin, project manager with Messer Construction. “There’s a long way to go, but we think we’ll get there in short order.”
Tumlin said he believe the event center and hotel will be a building the city and neighborhood can be proud of.
Pastor Nancy Nichols of neighboring Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church said a brief prayer before a crane lifted the steel beam to the top of the hotel.
Friday’s ceremony also included a lunch and brief glimpse into the unfinished interior of the Lawrenceburg Event Center and Hotel. You can view a slideshow of photos below.