on is Buildin
t's not often a Rodgers project
team gets serenaded, but that's just
what happened at the topping out
ceremony for Charlotte's Trinity
Episcopal School on December 12.
Students at the K-8 school sang a
song as part of the ceremonies, and
included Rodgers' workers in their
verse (see box).
Since Trinity's 235 students have
attended classes in temporary
modular buildings for more than
two years, the children, teachers and
parents are excitedly watching the
construction progress of the
The first phase
is a 77,500-
areas, and cafeteria. Phase One also
includes an 18,000-square-foot,
two-story gymnasium with a
running track suspended above the
Construction began in April 2002
and is scheduled for completion in
summer of this year. Trinity's
enrollment capacity will increase to
400 students when the project is
An "A" From the Headmaster
The Reverend Doctor Louis
("Smokey") Oats, Trinity's
headmaster, was extremely
complimentary of the Rodgers
team. "They've been spectacular.
They've been considerate of us and
our program at every stage, and
their quality is stellar." Oats cited as
one example the willingness of the
Rodgers team to wait until the first
day of school to re-pour some
cracked concrete in a sidewalk.
"Their willingness to do this
allowed every student to put his or
her handprint in the fresh concrete
and to feel like a real part of the
The Trinity Team:
Topping Out Inspires Song
The children sang this song
at the topping out:
We're building a school
It's not just a school
For it soon will become Trinity.
It's you and it's me
Yes, that is the key
For together we're building a school.
Construction workers and teachers are we
Students and Father Smokey
Parents and friends and family we
Building our school Trinity.
Above: Topping Out
portrayed by a
help students put
marks on the
Information for this article submitted by
Britain Means, Assistant Project Manager.
"The Rodgers team has exhibited
great flexibility and sensitivity
to the fact that we're a school
and that our kids want to be
engaged in the process."
Reverend Doctor Smokey
Thank you for
school. It is