St. Johns River Water Management District – Topping Out Ceremony

In was February 8, 2021, when the Collage Companies joined the leadership team from St. Johns River Water Management District along with SJRWMD board members, construction partners, and community leaders to break ground on St. Johns River Water Management District’s Apopka Service Center.


Fast forward to August 13, 2021, and the Collage Companies was once again joined by leadership from SJRWMD – this time for the ceremonial Topping Out – placement of the final beam before beginning construction on the roof.  For the construction industry, a Topping Out is a rite of passage generally signifying completion of the structure of the building.  Leadership and employees from SJRWMD signed the final beam before it was loaded onto the crane and placed.


As an environmental regulatory agency of the state of Florida, the SJRWMD’s work is focused on ensuring a long-term supply of drinking water, and to protect and restore the health of water bodies in the district’s 18 counties in northeast and east-central Florida. The Collage Companies is the General Contractor for the new $6.4 million facility, located on a five-acre District-owned parcel on Binion Road near the Lake Apopka North Shore and the interchange of SR 429 and 414. The building will be 17,154 square feet and designed to support a staff of 50. The building is divided into functional areas including space where the public may enter and participate in meetings/training events, and work areas used by staff, including several small conference/meeting rooms to be used for small internal meetings.


Topping Out Ceremony on Construction Jobsite in Florida