Wednesday was a big day for the Aims Community College campus in Greeley. The school hosted a tree topping out ceremony, marking the milestone of completing the steel structure of their new Applied Technology Education Center, which is scheduled to open for classes in the fall of 2017.

The new Applied Technology Education Center, which was funded through Aims’ Capitol Projects Account, will be more than 72,000 square feet will have a “student learning” centered design, including instructional labs and classroom space.

Keep an eye to the sky if you’re travelling near the Aims campus in the next week or two and you’ll be able to see the tree lit up at night atop the new building framework.

What is a tree topping ceremony? According to Aims, the tradition of placing a tree at the top of the last structural beam on a building has ancient roots. In pre-Dark Age Scandinavian cultures, the practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building was said to appease the tree dwelling spirits of their ancestors and ward off evil spirits. Today, the ceremony is often held to commemorate this important milestone in the construction of a building.

Did you know that 2017 marks Aims’ 50th anniversary? And plans are underway for a number of events throughout the year to celebrate.

You can see more about the ceremony in this video that Aims produced.

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