Crews raise key beam in UCHealth Greeley Hospital project

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December 19th, 2017
A plumber signs his name on a beam that was placed at one of the highest points of the UCHealth Greeley Hospital building, which is under construction.
Plumber William Clayton signs his name onto a beam that was placed at one of the highest points of the UCHealth Greeley Hospital building, which is under construction. Clayton is one of more than 200 craftsmen who paused to celebrate the traditional topping-out milestone of the project Tuesday morning in Greeley, Colorado. Photo by Kelly Tracer, UCHealth.

GREELEY, Colo. (Dec. 19, 2017) – Tuesday morning, about nine months after construction crews started working on the UCHealth Greeley Campus, they celebrated a major milestone.

Many of them, along with others who have had a hand in building the project that will include a new full-service hospital and medical center, signed their names on a metal beam that was adorned with the traditional Christmas tree and American flag. The beam was then carefully raised and installed in one of the tallest spots of the hospital structure – part of the iconic arc element that has become part of the UCHealth’s architectural identity.

In this photo, construction crews watch as one of the highest beams of the UCHealth Greeley Hospital is raised.
Crews watch as one of the highest beams of the UCHealth Greeley Hospital project was raised Tuesday morning in Greeley, Colorado. Photo by Kelly Tracer, UCHealth.

Jason Oltman, senior project manager at JE Dunn, the general contractor for the campus project, explained to about 350 craftsmen and visitors who gathered Tuesday that the topping-out ceremony is a longstanding construction tradition that honors the hard work of the crews and their commitment to safety.

“Your passion, your hard work and your diligence impress me every day. … In today’s era of budgets, schedules, production and metrics, the most important measure is that each and every one of you go home every day,” he said to a crowd full of people who have been working on the project. “Thank you all for all of your hard work.”

Marilyn Schock, president of UCHealth Greeley Hospital, signs a message on a beam in this photo. The beam was raised and installed in one of the highest points of the hospital building.
Marilyn Schock, the president of UCHealth Greeley Hospital, which is under construction in Greeley, Colorado, signed a message on the beam Tuesday morning. The beam was raised and installed in one of the highest points of the hospital building. Shock later thanked the crews for their hard work and dedication to this project. The hospital is expected to open in early 2019. Photo by Kelly Tracer, UCHealth.

Crews have been building the campus southwest of the intersection of U.S. 34 and 65th Avenue since late spring when they started moving dirt. Construction is expected to continue throughout 2018. UCHealth officials anticipate the hospital will open in early 2019.

Marilyn Schock, president of UCHealth Greeley Hospital, applauded the work that the crews have done so far and emphasized they are building a legacy that will improve lives in Greeley and Weld County for generations to come. “When you are old and gray and you get to drive by the hospital, you’ll get to say ‘I helped build that.’ ” she said, adding that it will be a great healing place.

Spanning approximately 200,000 square feet, UCHealth Greeley Hospital will include 53 inpatient beds with room to grow. It will include a birth center, intensive care unit, operating and endoscopy rooms, a Level III trauma center and an emergency department.

The new UCHealth Greeley Medical Center will be a 112,500-square-foot outpatient medical center that will bring many of the services UCHealth offers at locations throughout Greeley under one convenient roof. It will include primary care services, specialty clinics, diagnostics, pharmacy, endoscopy, oncology services, imaging and laboratory services.

The UCHealth Greeley Campus will have a great impact on the health of residents through the many new services that will be offered. It also will have a positive impact on the Greeley and Weld County economies as well. More than 1,000 workers will be involved in building the campus. More than 300 new, permanent jobs will be created when the hospital opens.

JE Dunn is supported by BSA LifeStructures, architect; BHA Design Incorporated, landscape architect; Affiliated Engineers Inc., mechanical, electrical and plumbing; Martin/Martin, civil engineer; Stewart Engineering, structural engineer; and Gallun Snow, finishing design/finishes.

UCHealth already operates nine hospitals throughout Colorado, including Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont.

 

This is a rendering of the new UCHealth Greeley Campus, which includes a hospital and medical center.
Construction of the new UCHealth Greeley Campus is expected to continue through most of 2018. It will include a hospital and medical center.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 8,566 cubic yards – The amount concrete that will be used in the project.
  • 1,840 tons – The amount of structural steel that will be used in the project.
  • 160,000 feet – The amount of pipe that will be used in the project.
  • 300 – Approximate number of new, permanent jobs that will be created with the hospital opens.
  • 1,000 – Approximate number of people who will be working on construction of the campus throughout the course of the project.

About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.