PORTLAND, Ore. — Kaiser Permanente will celebrate the “topping out” of the new Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro at a ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. on April 12. That’s when the final beam will be placed, and with it the completion of the building’s structure. “Topping out” is a tradition in the construction trades, to honor the work so far and to bring the building good luck.
Business and civic leaders from Washington County, as well as labor partners from the construction trades, will be on hand to witness the 36-foot, nearly 2-ton beam being hoisted onto the 4th floor roof of the patient bed tower. Many of those dignitaries will have signed the beam, which is part of the more than 4 million pounds of steel that make up the structure.
The Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center is the first newly built hospital in the Metro area in nearly 40 years. The $360 million project will bring over 2,000 construction jobs and 1,100 permanent, family wage jobs when the hospital opens in 2013. By the time the hospital is completed, nearly $60 million in wages to local workers will have been paid, money that ripples out into the area’s economy. Already, workers have put in over 65,000 hours on the job.
“This hospital shows our commitment to the future of the West Side,” said Andy McCulloch, president, Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “This is our 65th year in the Northwest, and we’re proud to make this investment now. The new hospital is a much needed boost to the West Side, and in the long run it will help make this a better place to live and work.”
The Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center is the largest commercial construction project underway in the Portland Metro area. It will open with 126 beds, but has room to grow to up to 240 beds. The hospital will offer emergency, general medical, maternity, and surgical care.
The Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center also features dozens of green design elements, including the use of less toxic building materials and rain water reclamation. It’s on track to become the first LEED Gold certified hospital in the Portland area thanks to features such as green power sourcing, water conservation measures, and electric vehicle charging stations.
In addition, the hospital is designed to be a place of healing and Total Health. The campus environment will be tranquil, inside and out. The grounds will feature trees and walking paths. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic never intersect, and there are plans for a Farmer’s Market on the hospital grounds.
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