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Why is there a tree on top of Sangren Hall?

by Jeanne Baron

May 26, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of tree-toppimg ceremony at new Sangren Hall.
Evergreen tree symbolizes growth and luck
KALAMAZOO--A milestone in Western Michigan University's Sangren hall project was celebrated with a topping out ceremony May 23 as the final beam was laid on the new four story, 230,000-square-foot structure.

According to the Miller-Davis Co., construction manager for the project, such ceremonies are a tradition in the building trades. They typically feature an evergreen tree--a symbol of growth and luck--and are meant to recognize the skills of craftsmen as well as summon good fortune for projects under construction.

WMU President John M. Dunn took part in the event by adding his signature to the final beam before it was hoisted atop Sangren.

WMU's largest classroom building, Sangren serves students from all of the University's academic colleges. Work to rebuild it from the ground up is on schedule for completion in 2012.