Victory Center Hits Construction Milestone on a Star Spangled Day
Flag Day this year took on a special significance at San Antonio College with the celebration of a construction milestone on campus.
A ten-foot steel beam, colored red, white, and blue, was going to be hoisted up to the Victory Center and placed at the top of what will be the elevator shaft, thus completing the building's structure.
The topping out of the Victory Center was a time to mark a milestone for a project that will enhance SAC's support and service to veterans, active military, and their families.
About 100 people attended the topping out ceremony including Texas State Senator José Menéndez and Roberto Treviño, San Antonio District One City Council Member.
The celebration began with a presentation of colors by the Alamo Colleges Police Department and a performance of the national anthem by SAC's American Sign Language glee club.
"I am thrilled to welcome you to the site of our future site of our San Antonio College Victory Center for veterans and active military personnel. We specifically chose to host the topping out ceremony on Flag day because of the undeniable connection to our mission," said Dr. Robert Vela, President of SAC, who spoke at the beginning of the ceremony. "This center will serve those who have given of themselves to protect that which we hold so dear - our freedom."
Dr. Vela thanked Sen. Menéndez for his support and his role in obtaining the $7.6 million funding for the new center from the Texas Legislature.
Another featured speaker at the ceremony was Elizabeth Hill, a veteran who spent 12 years in the Army and who served in combat. A recent SAC graduate, Hill received an associate of science in biology/pre-nursing and an associate of arts in liberal arts. She also made the Dean's List her final semester at SAC. She will pursue a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing at Texas Woman's University in the fall.
"I am just one of many examples of what outstanding student support services can do for our nation's veterans and for the veterans who attend San Antonio College," said Hill, who added, "transition is not an easy thing. My choice to come to San Antonio, knowing that it is Military City USA, has assisted me in transitioning from the military culture back into civilian culture. And San Antonio College provided the support I needed in order to be a successful student."
Near the end of the ceremony, the audience was encouraged to sign silver stars that were attached to the final beam. Others were given pens to add messages to the last part of the steel frame.
Once everyone finished, the beam was attached to a crane, which moved slowly to the building. The crane then lifted the beam toward the middle of the building where workers expertly connected it to the steel structure.
The event ended with tours of the construction site. The Victory Center is scheduled to be completed early in 2018.
SAC graduate and Army veteran Elizabeth Hill speaks at the Victory Center topping
Photographs by Leonard Ziegler, SAC.