A construction-zone Christmas in Kent

By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer Published:

A Christmas tree overlooks downtown Kent Monday from the top of the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority's Kent Central Gateway parking deck and retail center, which is currently under construction. PARTA officials said steel workers at the site, employed by Pennsylvania-based construction manager Quandel, lifted the tree to the top of the structure sometime this weekend to add a little holiday cheer to the work site. Frank Hairston, PARTA's director of marketing, said his office had fielded a few calls from locals complimenting the show of holiday spirit and asking questions about the tree.

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  • OK, if you say so. My understanding was more along the lines of what i read on Wikipedia. "In building construction, topping out is a builders' rite ceremony held when the last beam is placed at the top of a building. The term may also refer to the overall completion of the building's structure, or an intermediate point, such as when the roof is dried in. A topping out ceremony is usually held to commemorate the event. The practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious practice of placing a tree on the top of a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits of their ancestors that had been displaced". I wonder what you would have said if it was July?