Steel erectors refer to it as “topping off” when they hoist a symbolically significant girder into position atop a structure. That day arrived at the Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden (where O&G has been construction manager since the fall of 2013) on the 13th of last November, signaling that the project had entered the third of four phases. O&G’s project team, including Project Manager Dave Cravanzola, Project Superintendent Steve Baranello and Project Engineer Evan Nelson, had a girder painted white and ready to receive signatures, notes and doodles from the happy participants. On hand were the school’s administrators and custodial staff, Platt’s state champion volleyball team and a sampling of upper classmen who have been participating in the O&G-run “Platt Builds” program. “I’m proud that the school has been so involved with the construction,” Baranello remarked. “I’ve been building schools for 25 years and I’ll tell you, I’ve never worked for a more cooperative client. The people here at Platt are solid gold.” The project is on track for a September 2017 completion.
O&G Project Superintendent Steve Baranello (above, in safety lime jacket) helps fix the flag to a signed beam minutes before it was hoisted into position at a “topping off” ceremony at the Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden