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Topping Out Party

Coming September 14th! As medical providers, staff, donors, community members, and volunteers look on, the last steel beam will be hoisted into place on the new addition of Clay County Medical Center. McCownGordon Construction invited all of their subcontractors to the event and treated them to a lunch prior to the event. The Topping-Out Party celebrates the workers who have erected the building’s steel framework.

The Topping-Out Party also marks a major milestone for Clay County Medical Center.  It symbolizes the completion of the structural phase of the building, which remains on schedule to receive its first patients in April 2018.

The steel beam will be placed by the front entrance of the current hospital where patients, visitors, hospital/clinic staff, and construction crew workers will sign their names and share their sentiments. “This building and renovation project represents our new approach to health care, not just in design but, in the patient experience,” said Austin Gillard, CEO of Clay County Medical Center. “We are providing a facility where patients will continue to receive exceptional healthcare, whether they need diagnostic services, outpatient infusion services, surgery, hospitalization, or rehab. When the building opens its doors, patients will have access to more services than ever before.”


The new 28,000-square-foot hospital addition will include:

  • In-room Showers & Individual Temperature Controls
  • Three New, Larger, and Comfortable Birthing Suites
  • Two Orthopedic Sized Surgical Suites with Expandable Capabilities
  • Canopy for Sheltered Pick-up and Drop-off of patients
  • Private Admission Bays with Comfortable Seating in all Waiting Areas
  • Renovation of existing space to accommodate our growing Specialty Clinic and Urgent Care Department
  • Expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department, Lab and Imaging areas

Topping-Out History
Before steel and multi-million dollar jobs dominated the construc­tion landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries, the tradition of recognizing building milestones started small. The history of the topping-out ceremony seems to have humble beginnings in Scan­dinavian cultures, but the events evolved as construction and soci­eties changed over time.

In the states, the concept continues predominantly on high steel jobs or large-scale projects. Ironworkers are credited with giving the topping-out ceremony its name to highlight the moment the last piece of steel or structure is put in place. It’s become a tradi­tion with many construction companies. The topping-out ceremo­ny is a builders’ rite traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction.