May 16, 2011

Marking a milestone

Students sign beam that will be used on construction of Brody Learning Commons

Students add their names to the signatures on the beam that was later hoisted into place to top out the first phase of construction on the Brody Learning Commons. Photo: Will Kirk/

Members of the Johns Hopkins community celebrated a milestone in the construction of the Homewood campus’s Brody Learning Commons on Monday, May 9. The topping out ceremony, which included placing a beam that had been signed by students, faculty and staff into the building’s structure, marked the completion of the first phase of the project.

Scheduled to open in summer 2012, the Brody Learning Commons is a four-story facility designed to foster collaborative learning and will include a quiet reading room, 15 group study rooms, an atrium and cafe, and robust technology (wireless, smart classrooms) throughout. The building is named in honor of William Brody, the 13th president of the university, and his wife, Wendy.