Presbyterian College holds topping out ceremony for Neville Hall renovations

Presbyterian College holds topping out ceremony for Neville Hall renovations


The Neville Hall Topping Out Ceremony at Presbyterian College located in Clinton, South Carolina.

At noon, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, Presbyterian College held a topping out ceremony for the renovations to Neville Hall.

The ceremony comes from a Scandinavian tradition and occurs when the last beam on the building’s steel frame is added. An American flag and fir tree are added to the beam and it is placed on the frame.

“As we water and care for this tree, it grows and becomes beautiful,” said Charles Cooper, owner and president of Southland Steel Erectors, who led the ceremony. “It is the same with this building, the more we care for it, the longer it will last and eventually your children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy it and learn in it.”


The last beam on the Nevill Hall addition.

The beam was placed in front of Neville Hall days leading up to the ceremony to provide students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college to sign their names to the beam.


Digital rendering of Neville Hall. Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 2017.

The Neville hall addition will consist of 14,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by June 2017, allowing for classes to begin in the fall of 2017. Neville Hall houses one-third of the college’s faculty and 30 percent of all classes are taught in it.


Neville Hall layout

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Presbyterian College is located on a striking 240-acre campus in Clinton, between Columbia and Greenville, S.C. Offering challenging academics and a culture of honor, ethics, and service that prepares students to be leaders in communities, PC offers its students the benefit of engaging with an exceptional faculty who take individual interest in their students’ well-being, both personally and in the classroom. The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy opened in 2010, and is dedicated to the ideals of leadership, honor to the profession, and service to the community. For more information about Presbyterian College, visit