St. Francis Medical Center expansion project sees final steel beam placed

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St. Francis Medical Center was topped with a beam put in place on the expansion project on Nov. 2. - COURTESY GE JOHNSON CONSTRUCTION
  • Courtesy GE Johnson Construction
  • St. Francis Medical Center was topped with a beam put in place on the expansion project on Nov. 2.

GE Johnson Construction, based in Colorado Springs, announced a Nov. 2 "topping out" ceremony was held at the St. Francis Medical Center, which is undergoing a major expansion.

The project is the latest in which Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and GE Johnson have teamed up over the last 30 years. From the news release:
The additions to the hospital include 168,580 square feet of new construction consisting of a four-story expansion and a new garden level that will feature covered parking and an Emergency Medical Services lounge. The first floor will be home to a new emergency department and additional shell space, while the second floor will add three new operating rooms, support space, and additional shell space for future expansion. The third floor will include a wellness garden, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion, and ante partum rooms. The fourth floor will remain an area devoted to mechanical space.

Dating back several hundred years to Scandinavia, the topping out ceremony marks the placement of the final piece of structural steel and is intended to celebrate the good fortune of the project. The event also allows all those involved to look forward to the completion of the building.

“We’ve been working alongside Penrose St. Francis Health Services for many years, so the chance to join them in bringing critical services to Northeast Colorado Springs is incredible,” says Fred Wolfe, construction executive for the project, “We are using the integrated project delivery method, which allows us to work much more closely with all our project partners. It’s truly a special project to be a part of.”

The large-scale expansion broke ground in May of this year and is on track for completion in early 2019. 

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