topping off ceremony RSS

On Friday, February 3, 2023, El Segundo Unified School District hosted a topping ceremony for the new classroom building at Richmond Street School. 

A topping ceremony signifies the safe completion of the framing of the structure and a wish for continued good luck for the future of the building project—and its eventual occupants, elementary students and faculty. 

The last steel beam raised is painted white and is then signed by all the members of the ESUSD Governing Team, Facility Advisory Committee and Citizen Bond Oversight Committee members, Principal and Assistant Principal, erection crew, the building contractors, the architects, and other dignitaries.  Principal Carie Oulashian welcomed everyone to the event. Chief Business Official Kimberlie Linz shared the history behind a topping ceremony, congratulated all the workers for doing a great job, and highlighted the benefits of the new building to the community.

“The dynamic building design honors the original charm of the existing RSS campus, in a modern and playful manner,” said Dr. Melissa Moore, Superintendent of Schools. The new building is roughly 7,500 square-feet, and primarily consists of six-classrooms. Support spaces include separate student and staff restrooms on both floors, custodial rooms, an electrical room, one elevator and exterior stair. One classroom on each floor will include a roll-up door that opens to the exterior foyer to accommodate indoor/outdoor learning spaces for students. The building’s design and selected location will further enhance the look, flow, and utility of Richmond Street School’s campus.

All Measure ES projects are reviewed by ESUSD’s Facilities Advisory Committee and oversight of bond expenditures is conducted by the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee. Visit for ongoing construction updates.