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The Collier Companies Celebrates Topping Out Ceremony for Sorrento: 300 Luxury Apartment Homes

Published: Wednesday January 25, 2023

Sarasota, FL – The Collier Companies announced the upcoming topping out ceremony for its new apartment community, Sorrento, in Sarasota, FL. The event will take place on Friday, January 27th at 12pm at 150 Apex Road, Sarasota, and will include a barbeque lunch, raffles, and giveaways. Sarasota County Commissioner Michael Moran, District 1, will be in attendance to speak at the event.

Sorrento will feature 300 apartment homes with six different one-bedroom floor plans, three different two-bedroom floor plans, and one three-bedroom floor plan. The community will also offer an expansive amenity center, resort-style pool, workspace productivity office, pet spa, and state-of-the-art fitness studio. The project is expected to begin leasing in May of this year and reach final completion in October 2023.

The topping out ceremony celebrates the final step in completing the structural framework of the buildings, and in Sorrento’s case specifically, it represents setting the roof trusses at Building 100.

As the final roofing piece is placed on Sorrento’s building, The Collier Companies and its contractors will celebrate a significant project milestone. To mark this achievement, an evergreen tree is placed on top of the building, symbolizing the hard work and dedication that went into reaching this point and wishing good luck to future residents. With this milestone reached, The Collier Companies then looks forward to the next phase of construction, which includes completing site work, interiors, and building envelopes, to bring the community to completion.

The location of Sorrento is particularly special as it is situated across the street from the Sarasota Audubon Society, Sarasota County Park, and The Celery Fields, which is a prime location for wildlife watching and passive recreational use.

The architects, builders, and contractors involved in the project are Forum Architecture, Joseph Lawrence Engineers, Structural Concepts & Design, Verdex Construction, and McLeod Construction.

“The topping out celebrations mark the completion of the primary structural component to a building or buildings,” said Robert Horne, Senior Construction Manager at The Collier Companies. “The practice can be traced back to ancient Scandinavians placing a tree on top of the building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced by the building. Today, if you asked five construction workers about the significance of the topping out ceremony, you will get five different answers. Some say to give thanks to the trees that were sacrificed for the lumber used in the structure while others say it is thanks for a safe construction site or just a finishing milestone of the project. Whatever your thoughts, it typically comes at a moment in construction when nearly all trades are together and celebrate all the efforts of these skilled workers.”

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