Topping out of new academic building at ISU2018-03-06
Monday 16:00, January 29, 2018
Ilia State University (Courtyard)
On January 29, 2018 San Diego State University and Ilia State University (ISU) will host the topping-out ceremony of the new academic building. The event will be attended by the Minister of Education of Georgia Mikheil Chkhenkeli, MCC Deputy Vice President for Sector Operations Lona Stoll, ISU Rector Dr. Giga Zedania, Tbilisi State University (TSU) Rector Dr. Gia Sharvashidze, Georgia Technical University (GTU) Rector Dr. Archil Prangishvili, SDSU Georgia Dean Ken Walsh and other distinguished guests.
The topping out ceremony is a common feature of the American construction industry and indicates a building attaining its highest structural reach. Traditionally, a piece of the top of the building is raised up with a crane, and decorated with flags to symbolize the building becoming an official entity. “In this case, both Georgian and American flags will be displayed in recognition of the cooperative nature of the SDSU Georgia project,” said Dean Walsh.
The four-story, 4,890 square meter building, located in Tbilisi’s Vake district, is an important component of the partnership between SDSU Georgia and Ilia State University, and is funded within the framework of MCC’s Georgia Compact II. The state-of-the-art facilities will host electrical and civil engineering labs, classrooms and common areas. Though the space will predominantly serve SDSU Georgia and ISU students studying in the Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering faculties, SDSU Georgia also plans to designate an area for a future academic advising department. Construction is ongoing and the building will begin operations in the spring semester of the 2018-2019 academic year.
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