University of Colorado Hospital tops off second inpatient tower

AURORA, Colo. – The top beam of the steel frame that will be the University of Colorado Hospital’s second Inpatient Tower was put into place today with a ceremonial “topping off.”

It’s beam No. 5,152 and represents a significant milestone as construction crews make progress in completing the structure. Hospital employees along with UCH President and CEO Bruce Schroffel and University of Colorado Hospital Board Chair Lilly Marks signed the highest steel beam and watched a crane hoist it 12 stories to the top of the new building. Topping Off ceremonies are a tradition for major construction projects marking when the top beam is placed on a new building.

The new inpatient tower at the University of Colorado Hospital is a $400 million, state-of-the-art building which will double the size of the Emergency Department and, when fully built out, add 276 beds for patients. This will give the University of Colorado Hospital a total of 683 inpatient beds. The additional space is vitally important and the need comes far earlier than hospital planners originally anticipated. The expansion will allow the hospital to continue to meet the health care needs of its community, the state of Colorado and beyond.

This expansion also brings more operating rooms and diagnostic and treatment facilities for patients. A larger Emergency Department and more ambulance bays will allow the hospital to care for more trauma patients and mass casualty incidents.

The 12-strory tower is one of several expansion plans currently underway at the University of Colorado Hospital. The Anschutz Cancer Pavilion is being expanded and renovated with work expected to be completed this coming April. The new Rocky Mountain Gamma Knife Center will be treating patients in just a couple weeks, allowing for more effective treatment of small to moderate-sized brain tumors with precision-focused Gamma radiation. And last month, UCH opened a new, 662-space patient and visitor parking structure.

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