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VCU sets 'topping off' ceremony for new library

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth University is giving alumni, students and employees a chance to leave a permanent imprint on the school's new library.

Members of the VCU community are invited to sign their names on a beam that will be used to complete the vertical structural framework of the building next Wednesday. It's part of a "topping off" ceremony to mark the construction milestone. The signed beam will be lifted into place at 2 p.m. University officials will give brief remarks, and the Broad Street Brass Quintet will perform.

University librarian John Ulmschneider says the building is on schedule to be finished near the end of the fall semester.

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