Putting the last structural steel beam in place on a building is a project milestone. To celebrate, many contractors place and evergreen on top of the building that often stays on top until the building is finished. But where did this tradition originate?
Although there are many competitive tales, the most widely cited story credits pre-Dark Age Scandinavian cultures in which a tree was placed on top of the building to appease the tree dwelling spirits displaced in its construction. Whatever the slant, all stories say the evergreen symbolizes positive things, good luck for future occupants, continued growth, a safe job and celebrates an important achievement in a building’s construction.