San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center is celebrating a construction milestone today as the building’s final steel beam is moved into place.
To celebrate the topping out ceremony, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be among those gathering at the rebuild site in the Potrero Hill neighborhood to watch the final beam placed into position, according to San Francisco General Hospital CEO Sue Currin.
The final beam to be placed on the 453,000-square-foot building’s steel frame has been signed by hundreds of hospital workers and community members, she said.
“We’ll be moving into a beautiful building with state-of-the-art equipment,” Currin said.
The hospital, which began construction in 2009, is the largest public works project underway in San Francisco. Hospital staff expects construction to be completed by May 2015 and for the facility to be in use by the end of 2015, Currin said.
“The greatest challenge has been building this big building while we are running a full-service hospital on the same campus,” Currin said, adding that construction is actually running slightly ahead of schedule.
The hospital is known for its care of HIV/AIDS patients, trauma and emergency medicine, language access and traumatic brain injury. The new building will provide acute care, while the old building remains in use for all other hospital services, according to hospital staff.
The new building is designed to better serve more patients, and is being built to the highest level of seismic resistance, allowing the hospital to remain operational in the event of a natural disaster.
“It sits on these huge base isolators in the foundation, allowing it to move 30 inches in any direction,” Currin said. The new design will feature natural sunlight and provide a better healing environment.
Staff and community members will attend the celebration at 10:30 a.m. at the hospital’s 23rd Street entrance at 1001 Potrero Ave.