Lee’s Summit state-of-the-art innovation campus is one step closer to completion

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Construction crews are putting the final touches on the state-of-the-art innovation campus in Lee's Summit Thursday morning.

The topping out the beam ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. at the Summit Technology Academy just east of 50-Highway.

During the ceremony construction crews will place a nearly 1200 pound beam on top of the structure to top it off after a small ceremony.

Construction on the campus began in March.

High school juniors take college courses in science, technology, engineering and math, ( STEM classes). They earn their associates degree by high school graduation and finish their education at UCM. Thanks to a 2015 bond issue, The Academy is a cost saving partnership between Lee Summit R-7 school district paying 40-percent and UCM paying 60-percent.

The entire program is scheduled to be housed in the new building next summer.

Here's what it will look like when complete:

Image courtesy of Summit Technology Academy

Image courtesy of Summit Technology Academy

Image courtesy of Summit Technology Academy

Image courtesy of Summit Technology Academy

Due to space limitations Thursday's event is not open to the general public.