Building Group Celebrates Topping Out Event for Phase 1 Expansion at DuPont’s Suburban Campus, Team Praised for Impeccable Safety Record During 400 Days Since Project Began
April 7, 2011

An enthusiastic crowd gathered today as construction workers raised the final beam of DuPont’s Building 730 at Chestnut Run Plaza — the first phase of a multi-phase planned expansion at the company’s suburban campus in Wilmington, Delaware. The Building Group’s Washington, D.C. office is responsible for this project which is tracking LEED® Gold Certification. (After raising the beam, DuPont executives joined our project leadership and the more than 100 tradeworkers on site for a celebration with donuts and coffee.

DuPont’s project representative praised our team for its impeccable safety record in the 400 days since the project began —109,449 man-hours worked without a lost-time incident or accident.

Designed to support 700 employees, the five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility will include an 18,000-square-foot cafeteria intended to accommodate 400 people. Building 730 is scheduled for completion in November 2011 and has a target opening of March 2012.

Construction of the adjacent Building 735 will begin in July and open in 2013. In total, the offices will accommodate about 1,500 DuPont employees.

Celebrating Safety —Tradeworker Appreciation Luncheon

A month before the topping out event, the Building Group’s project team hosted a tradeworker appreciation luncheon to mark the achievement of 365 days — and 87,832 man-hours worked — without a lost-time incident or accident.

The Building Group’s Todd Cramer, superintendent, together with DuPont’s project representative, publicly thanked each trade by recognizing their individual accomplishments and presenting them with a certificate of safety achievement. A catered lunch of pulled pork and barbeque chicken was provided, followed by a celebratory cake and tokens of appreciation.