Today, on the 11th of December, the topping-out ceremony was festively celebrated at the 6,000 square metre Volksbank site. The structural work was already able to be completed at the beginning of December, ahead of schedule. This means that construction work on the interiors and façades can now commence at the new headquarters of the Volksbank Freiburg, a savings and loan bank, and equally includes office space for rent, retail shops, the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, the new auditorium at the St. Ursula Gymnasium secondary school, and office space at the Breisgauer Katholischer Religionsfonds, an ecclesiastical foundation. In his laudatory remarks, Uwe Barth, spokesman for the executive board at Volksbank Freiburg, and in this case also speaking on behalf of Johannes Baumgartner, chairman of the foundation at the Breisgauer Katholischen Religionsfonds, expressed his particular gratitude to all of the construction workers, craftsmen, foremen, logistics specialists, crane operators and lorry drivers: “The topping-out ceremony is intended to be symbolic of the people who stood here each and every day on the construction site, regardless of the weather, and made sure that this building grows and grows in every sense of the word. I think we’re all well aware that this work isn’t easy. I want to say thank you to everyone involved for this fabulous achievement – they all did a wonderful job!” A welcoming address by Professor Martin Haag, the head of municipal construction planning, was followed by the traditional topping-out speech. This was given by Michael Dürrmeier, foreman at ZÜBLIN, the general contractor, who wished the building ceremonial blessings and good luck.