NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Wednesday morning, Mayor Karl Dean led a “topping out” ceremony at the new West Riverfront Park Amphitheater construction site.

A ceremonial final beam was placed atop the highest point of the newly erected steel structure, signifying the completion of the frame of the building and a mid-point in construction.

Ballou High School in Southeast DC is the site of a 2,400 ton “design assist” project.  Crystal Steel meets bi-weekly with design team members to identify Value Engineering opportunities and strategies for ease of fabrication, constructability and performance to schedule.  The design features significant truss work, support for undulating curtain walls, and leans heavily on Crystal Steel’s technology team to support the fast-track BIM process which will enable significant parts of this large job to be open to students less than 9 months from initiation. The design assist process allowed Crystal Steel to begin deliveries of steel within 8 weeks of 100% construction documents.