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“Topping out” ceremony marks halfway point in Sarasota Memorial Hospital construction

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SARASOTA (June 9, 2011) – Sarasota Memorial’s new 9-story Courtyard Tower reached a milestone today, as construction workers hoisted the highest and last structural element is about to be swung into place.

In building construction, a “topping out” ceremony traditionally is held when the last beam is placed at the top of a building. During the official “topping out” ceremony on Thursday, the last beam to be hoisted was painted white and signed by all more than 75 hospital staff, construction workers, community leaders and philanthropists as a gesture of good luck for future inhabitants of the building; it also signified the construction reached the sky without loss or injury.

Two years into the project, general contractor Skanska USA Building Vice President Richard Redmon said there have been only 13 minor injuries – none resulting in lost work days or requiring any advanced treatment or hospitalization.

Now that the superstructure is finished, Sarasota Memorial Hospital's nine-story Courtyard Tower will be getting its outer skin over the next five months as work at the biggest construction site in the region enters its next phase.

Redmon said the pre-cast concrete work will begin immediately and last for about five weeks as the big slabs covering much of the building's shell are put into place. After the concrete is in place, glass surfaces will take six to eight weeks to add, so within three months the outer skin of the building will be done. Once the exterior is complete and the structure is sealed, the complex interior work will begin. The project is slated for completion in early 2013.

Media Contact: Kim Savage, (941) 917-6271

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