Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- The University of South Carolina held a "topping off" ceremony Thursday morning for the school's new Alumni Center at Senate and Lincoln streets in Columbia. The ceremony marks completion of the highest point of the structure.

An 18-foot, 500-pound beam was raised to the top of the building.

Cocky, USC President Harris Pastides, and Alumni Association leaders were among those who took part in the ceremony.

The $26 million center will feature a ballroom, conference spaces and an outdoor patio. It stands three levels tall.

The construction phase now will focus on the enclosure of the building. It is expected to be open in the summer of 2015.

Some of it's features include:

Total Expected Square Footage: 60,000+

Expected Number of Meeting/Conference/Ball Rooms: 13

Expected Meeting-Space Square Footage: More than 16,000 square feet

Main Ballroom: 10,000 square feet, expected to be able to seat 500 for dinner; will be sub-dividable

Pre-Conference Areas: 7,500 square feet

Meeting/Conference Rooms: will vary in size from 300 square feet to 1,900 square feet

Estimated Cost: $26.64 million, to be privately funded

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