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TMC Marks Milestone in Building of Addition


as published in the Arizona Daily Star

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Construction workers place the last steel skeleton beam on the top of the Tucson Medical Center addition that also will house the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute. It's scheduled to open in 2013

Tucson Medical Center held a "topping out" ceremony Wednesday afternoon to mark completion of the strong steel skeleton for a four-story hospital addition that opens in 2013.

"A specially prepared steel beam has been traveling around TMC, accumulating signatures from well-wishers" before it was permanently placed Wednesday on top of the steel structure, the hospital said in a news release.

Independently owned physicians group Tucson Orthopaedic Institute will lease the first floor when the new building opens next year. The second and third floors will house 24 operating rooms, including high-tech surgical suites, and the top floor will hold 40 private patient rooms.

The total building size will be more than 200,000 square feet.

Architects for the project are Michigan-based Hobbs+Black and Tucson's DLR Group.

Program manager is Hill International of New Jersey.

Construction contractors are JE Dunn (Phoenix and nationwide offices) and Barker Morrissey (Tucson), along with multiple local subcontractors and suppliers, TMC said.

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A computer rendering of the completed hospital addition.

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A crowd watches from a parking structure during the "topping out" ceremony for the building's steel skeleton.


Tucson Medical Center, which sits on 118 acres, has been the largest single-story hospital in the United States, TMC officials have said. "TMC is known for its single-story profile, so the new building is something of a skyscraper by TMC standards," a hospital spokesman said in a news release.

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