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Law building tops out

For Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher, topping out the Randall and Sadie Baskin Law Center on Tuesday morning was like a point on Lewis and Clark’s voyage to the Pacific.

“We’re on the Yellowstone River,” Fisher said. “We’re still going west and we’re still going upstream.”

At this point in the journey, however, Fisher wanted to celebrate the work done on the law building so far, as dozens of administrators, law students, faculty and others toured parts of the law school construction. All of the external structure for the building is now complete, and the entire complex is expected to be finished around June or July.

“In the period of about five months, it will be spectacular,” Fisher said.

Fisher, with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Marty Dickens, and Dean of the College of Law Dr. Jeff Kinsler, were openly thankful to many for the work done so far, especially by the construction workers who had helped with the 18-month project.

“I get to say what I love saying,” Dickens said at the beginning of the program. “It’s because there are so many great things happening. It’s another great day at this university.”

Kinsler sees major potential students in the building on 15th and Acklen avenues, and thinks the Belmont Law community will flourish there next semester.

“It will be a great home for our great students, our great faculty and our great staff,” he said.

The building is projected to cost around $32 million when completed, and will also have a five-level parking garage below it.

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