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Posted: 8/17/2007 11:50:52 AM EDT
A new wing to the hospital I work at is being built, and up on one of the I-beams at the very top sits an American Flag and a Chrismas tree/pine tree. I've also seen this at two other construction sites. What's the deal with the tree?
Link Posted: 8/17/2007 12:01:38 PM EDT
Ironworker "topping out" tradition.
Link Posted: 8/17/2007 12:03:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
Ironworker "topping out" tradition.


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It means the building structure has reached the maximum height.
Link Posted: 8/17/2007 12:05:12 PM EDT
Ancient masonic tradition, probably taken from greek or roman origins.
Link Posted: 8/17/2007 12:17:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Silence:
Ancient masonic tradition, probably taken from greek or roman origins.


Never heard of that one . The Ironworkers International Union says that it's a Northern European tradition . Even they have conflicting explanations for the Evergreen tree . Still commonly practiced in Germany , even on residential construction .
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