UK Patient Care Facility Topping Out Ceremony Is Project Milestone

After years of planning, design, meetings and hard work, a milestone was recently reached with the “topping out” ceremony of the new Albert B. Chandler tower for the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. This is the first milestone in construction for the 1.2 million square-foot project that is expected to be complete in 2020.

“It was a great day for the entire design and construction team,” said Ken Greene, firm principal and project manager. “We’ve been dreaming of this day for a long time, but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” he added. GBBN has and will continue to provide full architectural services for the new Patient Care Facility.

Over 600 people turned out for the ceremony, including Governor Steve Beshear, who commented that the new hospital is about more than physical health, but economic health and educational progress as well. According to Dr. Michael Karpf, UK’s executive vice president of health affairs, the new football field-size emergency room will open in July 2010, two short months before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games come to Lexington. By the end of June 2011, the first two floors of the hospital, which will include 128 patient beds (48 intensive-care beds), will be open.

“This has been a great project to be involved with,” said Greene. “The topping off ceremony is just the first of many milestones -- we’re looking forward to them all.”