Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health achieved a significant milestone in the construction of its 212,000-square-foot, five-story Patient Pavilion at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) on Friday, June 18, 2021, when one of the final beams in the building’s steel structure was installed.
The occasion was marked with a traditional “topping off” ceremony, which is a long-standing tradition in the construction industry to mark the completion of a building’s structure—specifically the placement of the final steel beam. In keeping with tradition, the beam was outfitted with a small evergreen tree (known as a construction “Christmas tree”) on one side and an American flag on the other.
“This particular beam is very special,” says Scott T. Slogic, RCP, RRT, director of the Patient Pavilion Activation Team. “We brought this beam into the hospital for two weeks earlier this spring and invited patients, visitors and staff to sign it. This gave everyone an opportunity to touch the building, to sign the beam and to be a part of the future of this magnificent structure.”
Construction on the Patient Pavilion began in July 2020, with an anticipated completion date in early 2023. With the steel framing complete, construction crews will begin pouring concrete slabs on each level and installing prefabricated exterior panels to enclose the structure. The building enclosure is scheduled to be complete this fall.
You can follow the progress of the project here.