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Generations project reaches milestone

 
Final “I beam” marks end of steelwork for mother-baby towerI beam raising: Construction workers with Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc. raise the I beam into place during the topping-out ceremony for the new mother-baby tower at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Photo by Joshua Borough
 
ANCHORAGE, AK –Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Generations project reached a significant milestone Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 with the placement of the final I beam on a new building that will house mother-baby services, including a newborn intensive care unit. The beam’s placement signals the end of steelwork construction and the beginning of the next phase of the project – erecting the core and shell of the building.
 
The moment was marked Thursday morning with a topping-out ceremony, a tradition in the construction industry that includes placing a tree on top of the final beam. Historically this ceremony was a gesture from the construction workers to the trees used in creating buildings. It has come to recognize the ironworkers reaching the pinnacle of a building without accident or injury. In total, 600 tons of steel have been used in this project.
 
The I beam was first signed by Providence employees, community members and construction workers from Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc. before being blessed and raised into place at the top of the infrastructure. A similar beam signed by the community during the Fourth of July celebration on the Anchorage park strip has also been set into place.
 
“Thank you to everyone who has helped make this vitally important project happen,” said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive of Providence Alaska Medical Center.
 
“Generations will allow us to improve the care we provide to mothers, babies and families around Alaska by equipping us with the most modern medical technology in the state.”
 
In recognition of Providence’s commitment to care for generations of Alaskans, the Generations project will expand and modernize the Newborn Intensive Care, Prenatal, Mother-Baby and Labor & Delivery Units. It will also renovate and expand the cardiac surgery program, surgical services and some support services. The $150.3 million project will be complete in 2014.
 
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About The Children’s Hospital at Providence:
Located within Providence Alaska Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at Providence functions as a hospital within a hospital. The Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding NICU, PICU and Maternity Center. The 100-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and onsite clinics including neurological development, urology, endocrinology, orthopedics, genetics, cystic fibrosis, a subspecialty clinic and a center for special needs.

 
Construction workers with Davis Constructors
& Engineers Inc. share a handshake on top of
the final beam, marking the end of steelwork
on the mother-baby tower at Providence 
Alaska Medical Center.
 

Steelwork on the mother-baby tower at
Providence Alaska Medical Center is complete.
The tower will expand and modernize the
Newborn Intensive Care, Prenatal, Mother-Baby
and Labor & Delivery Units. 
 
The beam signed by the community during the Anchorage Fourth of July celebration is now in place as part of the mother-baby tower.
The beam signed by the
community during the Anchorage
Fourth of July celebration is now
in place as part of the
mother-baby tower.

 

Photos by Joshua Borough