Banner-UMC celebrates tower construction milestone

Published: Jan. 18, 2017 at 6:22 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 12:17 PM MST
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Signed beam to go into the new tower. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Signed beam to go into the new tower. (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson observed a signature milestone in the construction of its new tower.
Hospital staff and the construction contractor, Sundt-DPR, celebrated a key construction phase with a "topping off" ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Construction workers hoisted the upper-most beam of the future medical tower and placed it at the very top.
Wednesday's ceremony brought hospital staff and leaders from Banner-UMC and the construction crew together to celebrate the tower's progress.

Currently only a metal skeleton of what it is to become, the 670,000 square-feet tower is nine stories tall.

It will be home to 204  patient rooms on Floors 5 through 9, according to Banner-UMC.
Woman and Infant Services will be on the fifth floor and surgical and ICU beds will be on Floors 6 through 8.

The tower will also feature a cafeteria and areas for diagnostic imaging, diagnostic cardiology, cardiac cath labs and interventional radiology.
The scheduled opening date is on April 2019.

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