CFISD, builders celebrate topping out of Harold R. Rowe MS

August 14, 2019

Dr. Mark Henry signed his name on the final beam of Rowe Middle School during the “topping out” ceremony on July 30. Topping out ceremonies are a long-standing tradition in construction.Dr. Mark Henry signed his name on the final beam of Rowe Middle School during the “topping out” ceremony on July 30. Topping out ceremonies are a long-standing tradition in construction.
Construction workers work to place the final beam of Rowe Middle School into position.Construction workers work to place the final beam of Rowe Middle School into position.
CEO of Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc., George Pontikes, gives remarks to the crowd at the “topping out” ceremony for Harold R. Rowe Middle School on July 30.CEO of Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc., George Pontikes, gives remarks to the crowd at the “topping out” ceremony for Harold R. Rowe Middle School on July 30.
The tree signals completion of the skeleton of a building structure while symbolizing future prosperity for its future occupants.The tree signals completion of the skeleton of a building structure while symbolizing future prosperity for its future occupants.

Aug. 14, 2019—Representatives from CFISD, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. and PBK Architects gathered on July 30 for a “topping out” ceremony celebrating the final beam of Harold R. Rowe Middle School (Middle School No. 19) being put into place.

Topping out ceremonies are a long-standing tradition in construction. The ceremony featured dignitaries and employees from Satterfield & Pontikes, CFISD and PBK signing and writing notes on the white-painted beam before it was lifted into its final spot. A tree was also placed on the topmost iron beam, celebrating completion of the skeleton of a building structure.

Representatives from CFISD sign their names on the final beam of Rowe Middle School on July 30. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools, Roy Sprague, CFISD chief operations officer, Debbie Blackshear and Julie Hinaman, CFISD Board members.
Representatives from CFISD sign their names on the final beam of Rowe Middle School on July 30. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools, Roy Sprague, CFISD chief operations officer, Debbie Blackshear and Julie Hinaman, CFISD Board members. 

Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools; Roy Sprague, CFISD chief operating officer; George Pontikes, CEO of Satterfield & Pontikes; and Sarah Stolting, PBK project manager and Cypress Creek High School alumna; gave remarks to the crowd as well.

“This is always a major milestone in the construction process,” said Matt Morgan, assistant superintendent of facilities planning and construction. “With [Harold R. Rowe] Middle School opening in 2020, we’re happy to meet this milestone.”

The CFISD Board of Trustees approved the namesake for Middle School No. 19 during its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 12. Rowe Middle School is expected to serve approximately 1,350 students and mimic Cypress Park High School’s three-story design. The middle school also contains a state-of-the-art athletic competition field with a four-lane track, bleachers, press box and stadium lights. One unique feature within the building is a collaborative three-story open atrium incorporating learning elements and seating for large group learning. Rowe Middle School is the next school being built in the multi-campus educational village, with an elementary school planned for the future.

 

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