A white-painted steel beam signed by workers and hospital personnel with messages like “Hard steel and a soft heart,” marked a milestone in the building of a new $120 million Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk.
During a ceremony last week, a crane lifted the beam to the top of the five-story patient tower ― the first of two new towers. The topping off of the structural steel that is the building’s skeleton means that work can start on enclosing the building. The tower is scheduled to open to patients in late 2013. An adjacent patient wing will then be demolished and replaced with a second tower.
Whiting-Turner is the primary contractor for the project, which includes a large healing garden, a two-story atrium lobby and a 400-space parking garage for staff and physicians that opened in September. The entire project should be complete by 2016.
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