The final steel beam for the addition of a fifth floor at Presbyterian Hospital Matthews was put in place Wednesday, Oct. 17 during a “topping out” ceremony. The white beam, covered with signatures from hospital staff and construction workers, was hoisted via a crane to the rooftop construction site as three employees from Charlotte-based Rodgers Builders waited for its arrival. The beam, to be placed at the highest point of the project, was lifted into the air along with a small evergreen tree and American flag.
About 50 Rodgers employees work at the site each day and the project, so far, has used 150 tons of steel and 750 cubic yards of concrete, said Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of the company.
The $16.6 million project is the first major construction project at the hospital since it was built 18 years ago. The addition, expected to be complete in November 2013, will be a 26,519-square-foot expansion of the intensive care unit and a relocation of the intermediate unit as well as the medical surgical floor and an expansion of cancer services.