Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- It was a celebration of sorts in front of the Darla Moore School of Business on Tuesday as students, faculty, and staff signed the final beam of the new school.
The 20-foot steel beam will be raised to the top of the new building on Monday, marking the beginning of the next major phase of the construction project.
USC Junior, Shelton Wilkerson was one the students recruiting signers of the beam, the business student says this is a long-lasting tradition.
Wilkerson said, "It's an old tradition from Sweden where you let people carve their name into the last beam of a building and we are letting all the students have the chance to leave their mark on the university."
Wilkerson is excited about the new modern building on Assembly Street, which is set to open at the end of the year, but he is a little sad to see the old one go.
"It is going to be kind of odd, I go to class here, I work here, I am always here so, it is going to be a nice little step in the right direction," said Wilkerson.
Sophomore Evy Zamora agrees with Wilkerson, she also works in the business school and has lots of fond memories in the old building, but she is also looking forward to the new facility.
Zamora said, "It is very exciting, I feel like there is more opportunity there, more time for people to stop by and it is more in a central area and I feel like even though we are leaving this school we are going to embark on a new better school."
Even though Wilkerson will only spend a short time in the new school, he and Zamora are thrilled that their names will be in the new business school forever.
Wilkerson said, "It feels like I am a part of the new building even though I am not going to be there for very long, I am only going to have one semester there but I am going at least have something there that I can remind myself of."
The beam will be available for students to sign again on Wednesday on College Street on the USC campus.
It will be part of the topping ceremony that will be held on Monday.