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Watauenter Topping Off Ceremony

On September 30th, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System celebrated another milestone in the construction of the Schaefer Family Patient Care Tower by joining Vannoy Construction for the “topping off” ceremony.

A topping off ceremony is a long-standing tradition among steel construction workers to commemorate the completion of a building’s steel structure.

During the ceremony the final steel beam – adorned with a small evergreen tree on one end and an American flag on the other – is placed at the highest point on the building. For some, the placement of the evergreen is a talisman of good fortune for the building’s future inhabitants. 

The ceremony is also an opportunity for project teams and construction partners to celebrate the progress made and thank everyone involved.

The 48-bed Schaefer Family Patient Care Tower is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The building will house larger patient rooms to accommodate high-tech mobile medical equipment, state-of-the-art surgical suites, an updated Emergency Department, women’s health services, imaging and laboratory services, and new waiting areas.

Learn more about the Watauga Medical Center Expansion Project >

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