June 24, 2015

Earlier this month, the project team for the Arizona Center for Law and Society building as well as the campus community gathered to mark the project’s topping out.

Nearly a year after we began construction, the topping out was an important milestone for the 268,000-sq.-ft., $129 million facility.

Here are some photos from the June 9th topping out event:

The crew gets the beam ready.

The crew signs the beam.

The community signs the beam.

Then, the beam starts its ascent.

The beam swings into place.

Finally, the beam is in place and the topping out is complete.

The facility will hold its first classes in August 2016.

In addition to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law spaces, the facility will also include the first-of-its-kind student law firm (run by recent graduates), a retail space on the first floor consisting of the bookstore and a café, and a two-level underground parking structure. The Ross-Blakely Law Library—currently housed in a separate building on the Tempe campus—will also be moved to the new facility.

You can watch the project as it progresses in real time here.