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New $2B Stanford Hospital Tops Out

Stanford Health Care topped off its $2 billion new hospital structure Monday, placing a 30-foot-long, 3,400-pound beam atop the facility's 18,000-ton steel skeleton.

Hundreds of construction workers and roughly 500 Stanford employees, doctors, community members, donors and elected officials attended a "topping off" ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony celebrated the lifting into place of the structure's final beam.

It will add 824,000 square feet to the existing Stanford Hospital campus, "modernize and replace existing services" and expand the hospital's intensive care and emergency departments.

The new building was designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects and medical planners Lee, Burkhart, Liu Inc. Clark/McCarthy is the project's joint-venture general contractor, made up of Clark Construction and McCarthy Building Cos.

KHS&S is completing the interior framing/drywall and fireproofing on the hospital that is expected to be complete in 2017 and ready for patients in early 2018.

Photo Slideshow of the Topping Out Ceremony