Final Beam Raised on Project to Increase Beds to 168
Suffolk, VA – June 1, 2009 –
|Construction workers guide the steel beam into place atop the new inpatient wing at Sentara Obici Hospital signaling the highest point in the construction project|
Completion of the steel structure topping the new bed tower construction project at Sentara Obici Hospital
was commemorated last Friday at the site.
The topping out celebration is a traditional event held by construction crews once the steel frame of a new building is complete. The final uppermost steel beam was set in place at noon May 29, 2009, with construction workers, Sentara Obici employees, physicians and volunteers looking on as the beam displaying their names was raised.
“This celebration of taking a building to its highest point honors the skilled construction teams that play a vital role in having a hand in the history of Sentara Obici Hospital as a respected health care destination for residents of western Tidewater,” said Rosemary Check, vice president/administrator of Sentara Obici Hospital. “With the raising of the beam, our physicians, staff, and volunteers also become an important part of the future of high quality, patient-focused care when the bed tower opens.”
Sentara Obici Hospital will increase to 168 beds at its completion. All rooms will be private in the 66,310 square-foot addition. This expansion will serve orthopedic, medical and surgical patients. The $22.4 million project is on schedule for completion in summer 2010.
Read a fact sheet on the Sentara Obici Hospital expansion plan. 35/2009