University Of Virginia (UVA) Health System recently celebrated with the signing of two special elevator divider beams on its medical center expansion project in Charlottesville, Va. The topping out ceremony a major construction milestone.

The UVA Medical Center project, a 440,000-square foot, multi-level expansion, includes a major addition to the facility’s ED, as well as 90,000 square feet of phased renovation work. The new department will have approximately 80 private treatment rooms as well as dedicated space for mental health services and a clinical decision-making unit. New trauma rooms are also part of the expansion.

A six-story tower is being built on top of the expanded ED and interventional spaces. Three floors will provide 28 private rooms each, providing 84 rooms in all, and the top three floors will be built as shell space for additional expansion in the future as needed. A rooftop helipad will be added as well.

The Plinth and Tower portion of the hospital expansion is slated for completion in December 2020.

The project team includes Skanska (construction manager), Perkins + Will (architect), and Walter P. Moore (engineer).