Topping Out in West Palm Beach
October 3, 2016
The Brightline West Palm Beach train station is one step closer to completion as the exterior structure was topped out on Friday, September 30, 2016. Community officials, leaders and Brightline employees gathered at the site, along with more than 100 workers who built the structure to commemorate this key milestone.
In opening the ceremony, Brightline President Mike Reininger was joined by Palm Beach County Commissioners Priscilla Taylor and Paulette Burdick and West Palm Beach City Commissioners Paula Ryan, Cory Neering and Shanon Materio. Reininger extended his sincere thanks to both Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach for their support of the project from the beginning. He also thanked Bob Moss, Chairman and CEO of Moss & Associates, and his team for their expertise and work in getting the station to the topping out point in such a short amount of time.
Reininger explained how Brightline will be a new form of transportation in the area that will induce economic activity in and around the neighborhoods where the stations are located. He also declared that everyone’s backyard is about to get bigger as Brightline will be a quick, convenient and car-free way to get around South Florida. He noted that Brightline will be creating 130 jobs in the area as the station opens and service begins.
Bob Moss recognized the work of his team and all of the many other firms and subcontractors that have contributed to the work on the West Palm Beach station. He pointed out that there are three milestones for a contractor when building a structure: when the initial work begins, the topping out and the completion of the building. He noted that the topping out means that the skeleton of the building is in place; and that this is what holds everything together.
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Paula Ryan, who represents the district where the station is located, noted that the entire city will benefit from the station and the train service. She also said that she and her husband are looking forward to taking Brightline to an event in Miami and not having to get in their car.
Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor remembered being on the same site two years ago for the start of construction. “My how time has flown,” she said. “I am thrilled to see the station as we come toward completion and have moved from renderings to reality.” She also noted how important the creation of jobs is to the area and how we can now plan for new ways to travel by getting people out of their cars.
The elected officials signed the Brightline flag and it was raised atop the building to signify that the train station is now topped out.
Following the ceremony, the elected officials were invited upstairs to the concourse level of the station to get a sneak peak at the interior construction.
Next steps for the station construction are the installation of the platform canopy foundations, platform structure, roofing, exterior glazing and interior partitions. Work on additional interior aspects such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler rough-ins will also begin.
The Brightline West Palm Beach station is expected to open next spring prior to the train service launching in mid-2017.