Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital celebrated another amazing milestone today as special beams were hoisted to the top of the new freestanding hospital to symbolize the completion of steel construction. The beams, which were signed in person and virtually by more than a thousand individuals, represent many supporters of the new hospital from across Louisiana and beyond.
"Today marks exciting progress in our construction," said Shaun Kemmerly, MD, chief medical officer of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. "Today we celebrate the completion of steel and place the final beam, a marker of strength and dedication to this project and to the future health of children in Louisiana.
"Patients, team members, donors, community friends and physicians have signed this beam to show their support," she added. "The signatures on the beam represent merely a fraction of the people who have donated time, talents and treasures for this project. Today is possible because of this tremendous – and Amazing – support.”
In all, 2,500 tons of structural steel were placed along with 600 tons of rebar for foundations and walls, 14,000 cubic yards of concrete and 1,000 piles supporting the hospital and medical office building. Sheathing and brick installation is underway on the exterior of the building while crews are framing walls and doing plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors inside the hospital. The Central Utility Plant’s roof was recently installed along with chillers, air handlers, and generators in the building.
Progress also continues on the attached medical office building, which is scheduled to be completed with steel construction in February.
The new Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital is expected to open in 2019. To follow construction updates, view footage from a live web cam, see hospital renderings and learn more about the project, visit letsbuildamazing.com.
Project by the numbers:
- 363,690: Hospital square footage
- 94,206: Medical Office Building square footage
- 457,896: Total Project square footage
- 2,500: Tons of structural steel
- 600: Tons of rebar for foundations and walls
- 14,000: Cubic yards of concrete
- 1,000: Piles supporting the hospital and medical office building
- 450,000: Pounds of ductwork
- 284: Miles of electrical wire
- 450: Construction personnel at any given time during peak activity
- More than 1,000: construction personnel throughout course of project on site