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New Building Project: Topped Out!

The future Whitney will be nine stories tall. This “topping out” ceremony, which took place on December 17, 2012, marks the installation of the structure’s highest steel beam.

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Nineteen months after breaking ground, the Whitney Museum celebrated the topping out of its future home on December 17, 2012. Photograph by Timothy Schenck
The Museum’s director, Adam D. Weinberg, before the topping out ceremony. Photograph by Timothy Schenck
Whitney staff and trustees pose in front of the building’s highest beam. Photograph by Timothy Schenck
The building’s highest steel beam was signed and, following construction tradition, topped with an evergreen tree before being hoisted to the top of the nine-story structure. Photograph by Timothy Schenck
Adam Weinberg thanks Turner Construction employees, Ironworkers Local 40, New York City officials, and Whitney staff before the beam is raised. Photograph by Timothy Schenck
The steel silhouette of the future Whitney, viewed from the High Line on December 17, 2012. Photograph by Timothy Schenck
The 200,000-square-foot structure, viewed from above on December 17, 2012. Photograph by Timothy Schenck