Creve Coeur, MO – St. Louis County Executive Sam Page gave a shout out to Ironworkers Local 396 for its work on plant science firm Benson Hill’s new headquarters building at the new EDGE@BRDG (BioResearch & Development Growth) Park during at a topping-out ceremony here on Dec. 10.
Seneca Commercial Real Estate is in the process of completing the 160,000-square-foot building. Clayco is the design builder for the project.
“St. Louis County has been at the forefront of agritech research for decades,” Page wrote on his Facebook page. “Seneca EDGE@BRDG is building a campus so even more international agricultural innovators can call St. Louis home. And shout out to Ironworkers Local 396 for their incredible work on this project!”
The topping out ceremony took place at the EDGE@BRDG jobsite, located at 1001 N. Warson Road in Creve Coeur on the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center’s campus.
SYMBOLISM OF THE CEREMONY
During the ceremony, iron workers and ceremony participants signed the final steel beam of the building before lifting it into place.
One end of the beam carried the American flag, representing patriotism, and the other held a small evergreen tree, symbolizing on-the-job safety and the fact that no workers died on the project.
Following the ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about its expansive lab space and the latest building amenities.
BOOMING AGTECH INDUSTRY
“The business of agriculture technology is booming, and St. Louis County has been at the forefront of research for decades,” Page said. “More campuses like Seneca’s EDGE@BRDG are sure to fuel this economic growth. Alongside major players in the industry choosing St. Louis as their headquarters, our region will remain a leader in international agricultural technology.”