— November 8, 2019

Final Steel Beam Placed for New Hospital

Click here to watch as crews place the final beam for the new hospital.

Less than five months after placing the first steel beam for a new $450 million hospital in South Lansing, McLaren Greater Lansing is celebrated the final steel beam placement at a traditional “topping out” ceremony on October 25, 2019.

Leaders from McLaren Greater Lansing and the construction team gathered to thank the project’s ironworkers for their incredible achievement before joining Sparty to give the signal to hoist the final 30-foot beam to the top of the ninth floor. It took just minutes for the skilled workers to place the beam, serving as the last of the more than 5,200 pieces of structural steel that make up the hospital’s frame.

Sparty joined the celebration and helped give the signal to raise the final beam. (Photo: McLaren Greater Lansing)

“This is an incredibly exciting moment for out staff and community,” said Kirk Ray, president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing. “People have been able to see the future of health care literally rise from the ground up, one piece of steel at a time, as they pass by on the highway.”

“To us, this is a trophy. It’s a landmark,” said Marc Crance, business agent for Iron Workers Local 25. “This hospital will be here for many decades to come, and out ironworkers take great pride in bring part of it. It takes a lot of people and a lot of hours to complete a project of this size.”

A pine tree symbolizing prosperity, health and safety was also placed on the beam as it made its journey upwards. Construction leaders say the tradition goes back centuries as Viking ship builders used trees as a symbolic marker of celebrating a safe building process with no loss of life.

More than 3,200 tons of structural steel was placed in less than 150 days, with a pristine record for safety every step of the way. More than 114,000 hours of work have gone into the ne hospital project with zero reportable injuries to date.

Ironworkers placed more than 5,200 beams in less than 150 days. (Photo: McLaren Greater Lansing)

The new health care campus is being developed on land purchased from the MSU Foundation in its University Corporate Research Park, located between Collins Road and US 127.

“This health care campus is about so much more than state-of-the-art facilities,” said Ray. “It has been, and always will be about the people who make us a destination for health care beyond mid-Michigan. That all starts with the people who are coming here every day to put their talents into this project to make it a reality.”

The 240-bed hospital is the crown jewel of a larger comprehensive health care campus which includes a cancer center, medical services building and other facilities to support health care delivery, education opportunities and medical research.