On June 9th, the employees of Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett and the Hoar Construction team held a "topping off" ceremony for the hospital’s facility expansion. The ceremony celebrated the completion of the highest part of the structure.
As part of the festivities, a bucket of concrete was hoisted to the top of the structure. This bucket was signed by members of the construction team as well as hospital employees. A holly tree was also placed at the top of the structure. This is a tradition that symbolizes that the project has proceeded well, without injury, and serves as a symbol of good luck moving forward. This holly tree will eventually become a part of the landscaping around the new facility.
"It’s appropriate to celebrate this occasion with our employees, as their hard work created the need for this facility expansion," said Kem Mullins. "It’s also appropriate to celebrate with the construction team, as their hard work has successfully brought us to this point."
As of the topping off ceremony, more than 17 million pounds of concrete have been used on the structure. In addition 552 tons of reinforcing steel has been installed. The project is on schedule for completion in the first quarter of 2012.
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