ERIE, Pa. — Dagostino Electronic Services, Inc. (DES) will be installing the cabling for voice and data telecommunications at Erie Insurance’s new office building in downtown Erie.
Friday, the final steel beam was put into place at what will become a 346,000-square foot office space. A drone captured video of the topping out ceremony that was attended by more than 100 people and broadcast to company employees in 12 states and Washington, D.C.
Construction of the $135 million building is slated to be complete in two years.
DES has been contracted to run all the building’s voice and data cabling and is excited to begin work in the coming months.
The final beam, painted white and adorned with hundreds of signatures of Erie Insurance employees, was topped with an American flag and an evergreen tree.
Tom Hagen, chairman of Erie Insurance, told the Erie Times-News the tree was to “placate the tree-dwelling spirits that have been displaced” according to an old Scandinavian tradition.
#Ironworkers set in place the last #steel beam at the top of the @Erie_Insurance office building being built in downtown #Erie. Here is one of staff photographer Greg Wohlford’s images from the event. • And in case you’re wondering about the #ChristmasTree: there’s a #Scandinavian tradition that explains it: According to tradition, an evergreen is placed atop a newly-constructed building to placate the tree-dwelling #spirits that have been displaced by the construction of the new building. Huh. Learn something new every day. • CAPTION: Ironworkers set the top beam, signed by many Erie Insurance employees, on the new seven-story Erie Insurance office building in downtown Erie after a brief ceremony at the campus on April 20, 2018, on the 93rd anniversary of the Erie company. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News #ErieGram #construction
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Founded in 1925, Erie Insurance also celebrated its 93rd anniversary on Friday.
DES is honored to be working with a company with such a deep and vested history with the city of Erie.
*The Erie Times-News contributed to this report.