A worker stands by as a special steel beam is lowered into place Oct. 31 during construction of Pace’s new Upper School building.

Faculty, staff members and students at Pace Academy marked a milestone in the construction of the school’s new Upper School on Oct. 31, with the placement of one of the final steel beams on the building’s top floor, Pace announced Nov. 1.

Faculty and students members, students and members of the construction signed the beam before it was lowered into place, Pace said. The crew placed an American flag and a small tree on top of the beam to recognize nearing the completion of the building’s structural steel, school officials said in a press release.

“Watching our new Upper School rise from the ground in recent months has been exciting for everyone in the Pace community,” said Pace Academy Head of School Fred Assaf. “With the installation of this special beam, we’ve honored our faculty, staff and students, and ensured that our current Pace family is quite literally a part of the building for generations to come.”

Pace said work on the $32 million project, a 75,000-square-foot building, is on schedule. Steel framing has been installed through the third floor, and the building frame should be complete by Thanksgiving, the school said. Installation of interior mechanical and electrical systems has commenced, and crews have begun installing the building’s exterior skin.

When complete in August 2014, The Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School will include The Woodruff Library, a 1,500-square-foot Student Commons, an Academic Resource Center, a terrace overlooking the Pace Academy Gardens, a new College-Counseling suite, state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs, the latest in wireless technology and responsible energy-saving features.

One of the final beams is lowered into place during construction of Pace Academy’s new Upper School building.

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