Swedish marks construction milestone in the highlands

August 6, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Jay Hagel, a hook-on ironworker with Local 86, adds a signature to the final structural steel beam during the topping-off ceremony for Swedish Medical Center's Issaquah Highlands campus. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Aug. 6, 2010

Crews completed a construction milestone at the Swedish Medical Center campus in the Issaquah Highlands on Friday, as a crane hoisted the last steel beam into place.

The piece completed the skeleton of the initial phase of the project, the medical office building. The campus, set to open in phases in July 2011 and 2012, will become the first new hospital in King County to open in 25 years.

Hospital officials and construction workers signed the beam before a crane lifted the beam skyward.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and other dignitaries broke ground on the hospital in October. Plans call for the office portion to open next summer, followed by patient wings and hospital beds in 2012. The centerpiece of the hospital will be a light-filled atrium lined with food and retail vendors.

The new campus will be named Swedish/Issaquah and the existing emergency room along Northwest Sammamish Road will be rechristened Swedish/Lake Sammamish.

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