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Topping Out Ceremony Celebrates the Outpatient Medical Center

May 01, 2019

On April 16, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Health CEO Robin D. Wittenstein, and Turner Construction's Construction Executive Laura Prendergast joined Denver Health staff, construction workers and guests to place the final steel beam at the top of the new Outpatient Medical Center, topping out the 293,000-square-foot building still under construction.  The seven-story structural frame now rises 138 feet into the Denver skyline and includes 4.7 million pounds of American steel.

A Topping Out Ceremony is traditionally held when the highest beam or point is added to a building under construction.  It signifies that the structure has reached its maximum height. 

More than 100 people attended the ceremony, and everyone in attendance signed the beam before it was hoisted up and placed.  A tree was set on the top of the beam, which was intended to symbolize the significance of the land that has been displaced by the new structure. 

The new Outpatient Medical Center is a symbol for the future of comprehensive healthcare delivery in Denver and will help support the growing demand for great integrated care in our region.  The project has received tremendous public support, as evidenced by the 2017 bond passed by Denver voters. The project will also require significant philanthropic investment from the Denver community to see it through to completion.

Denver Health Foundation is excited to partner with existing and new donors in supporting this important project in the coming months and years to shape the healthcare landscape in Denver.

Watch the VIDEO to see the GoPro footage taken from the beam as it was placed in position.

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