Clemson's West End Zone Tops Out

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Clemson, S.C. - Manhattan Construction Co. is preparing to celebrate
a key milestone on the Clemson University Memorial Stadium West End
Zone construction project. On Thursday, August 11, 2005, the
construction company will celebrate the "topping out" of the project,
recognizing a significant milestone of the construction
superstructure. The tradition of "topping out" refers to the placing
of the last, uppermost piece of structural steel, recognizing all of
the construction workers' accomplishments. In keeping with the
construction tradition, Manhattan Construction Co. will erect an
evergreen on top of the structure as well as a large American flag.

Manhattan Construction Co.'s Project Manager, Chris Bowen said,
"Twenty-three weeks ago, we started construction of the Memorial
Stadium West End Zone project. I commend the hard work and
determination of the architecture firm, Heery International, Inc.,
our subcontractors, suppliers and own personnel for completing the
superstructure of this project. They not only over came the
project's inherent constructablity and scheduling challenges, but
they did it seven weeks ahead of our already aggressive schedule.
Clemson University and Clemson fans alike can appreciate all of our
hard work during the season opener against Texas A & M on September

The "topping out" event will include a barbeque lunch celebration.
Each project team member will be provided a shirt with custom
graphics commemorating the 200,000 work hours logged to date on the
construction of Clemson's West End Zone project.

The West End Zone project ties together three separate structures,
the south stands, north stands and west end zone stands. The
construction includes 12,500 cubic yards of concrete. If this amount
of concrete were to be poured on the entire Memorial Stadium football
playing field, it would be seven feet thick. The project includes
1,300 tons of reinforcing steel. This amount of steel is equal to
the weight of 377 Hummer H2 SUV's. If they were parked end to end
and door handle to door handle on the playing field, it would be
completely filled with 14 Hummers to spare.

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