Beebe Healthcare, the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, Beebe Medical Foundation, and Nason Construction representatives took part in a topping off ceremony for the School of Nursings expansion project on July 11 in Lewes, Del., according to a news release.
The ceremony is a tradition of ironworkers to signify that the skeleton of a building or bridge has been completed and that the building has reached its height. A small crowd watched as ironworkers Jason Pisano and Mike McCanney of R.C. Fabricators of Wilmington, Del., hoisted an uppermost steel beam into place. A Christmas tree and an American flag stood on the beam.
The $10 million construction project, which was officially kicked off in December 2013, is scheduled for completion in early 2015. It will double the capacity of the school and includes replacing the 50-year-old dormitory with a new three-story, 18,000-square-foot building that will contain modern classrooms and clinical laboratories, according to the release.
A 10,000-square-foot wing will house a medium classroom, a student lounge and faculty offices. A portion of the existing school will be remodeled to include an expanded library and computer lab, seminar rooms and administrative offices. Upon completion, the expansion project will enable the facility to double the number of students it can accommodate each year from 30 to 60 students, according to the release.