Construction on the new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is about to reach an important milestone. By mid-month, all steel will be in place on the building, and interior work will begin soon. As a way of recognizing this milestone, community members are invited to stop by the new hospital construction site and sign the final steel beam prior to it being hoisted into place.
During significant construction projects, it is a tradition to stage a “topping out” recognition at the time the final steel beam is placed. Sometimes, construction crews secure a tree or a flag to the final beam to honor their work. Signing the beam is part of this tradition. People sign the steel beam to thank all those who have worked on the new building so far, and to offer blessings or well-wishes for the new building being completed.
Come and sign your name and well-wishes for the new hospital on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, Feb. 14 to 16, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the signing times, the 30-foot, steel beam will be located in the parking lot just off 11th St., behind the hospital. The process will not be staffed, and participants are invited to walk up to the beam, borrow one of the special pens, and sign.
Once placed within the structure, the beam will be located in the air handler “box” at the top of the building. While the exact time it will be hefted upward is not known at this time as it depends on weather conditions and work progress, the beam will likely be placed on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Once steel is completed, construction crews will continue to work simultaneously on projects such as fireproofing, securing the roof, pouring concrete decking for each floor and adding wall substrates. The project continues to be on-time and on-budget, and completion is still targeted for end of 2018. Once the new hospital is occupied, work will begin on the second phase, the complete renovation of the current two-story brick hospital.
If you would like to receive monthly email updates on the new hospital project, or if you would like to watch the construction progress via live web-cam, visit samhealth.org/NewHospitalNewport.