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The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences celebrated the topping
out of the new building June 9 with a barbecue lunch party for all construction workers and TSU officials on the ground floor of the
construction site at the corner of Tierwester and Cleburne streets.

More than 100 people were present to top out the 81,300-square-foot building which will house the academic programs of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, the Barbara Jordan Public Policy Research Institute, the Mickey Leland Center on World Hunger and Peace, as well as several of the academic programs of the College of
Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences.

At a cost of $12 million, the four-story building features a new auditorium for academic and
community programming, including a formal entrance that opens into a multipurpose lobby,
general and special use instructional classrooms
and e-learning, state-of-theart technology,
videoconference and wireless connections.

During the festivities, representatives from TSU
and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc., JE Dunn and CBIC Construction & Development LLC signed the ceremonial concrete structure marking a major milestone on a construction project. Topping out ceremonies originated in northern Europe and traditionally consist of the placing of a tree on the roof of the construction site once the exterior of the building is near completion. The building is
scheduled for completion in early spring 2007.

Media Contact: Rochelle Rucker, 713-313-7865 for high resolution photos. For more news tips, visit the Office of Marketing and Communications http://www.tsu.edu/media/center/press.asp

PHOTO CREDIT: Earlie Hudnall, University Photographer
Posted By: Lori Lindsey
Monday, June 12th 2006 at 5:41PM
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