Overlake “Tops Off” Flagship Tower – Cornerstone of Project Future Campus Renewal
| December 02, 2019
Bellevue, Wash. – Overlake Medical Center & Clinics today celebrated a milestone event in their construction project—a ceremony known as a topping off—by placing the final steel beam in place on its new 240,000-square-foot tower. The five-story building, due to open in late 2020, serves as the cornerstone for Project FutureCare, the largest campus renewal project in Overlake’s history.
With roughly 60 people in attendance, GLY Construction elevated and secured the 15-foot steel beam on the upper floor of the tower. Overlake employees, volunteers, patients and visitors had the opportunity to sign the beam while it was on display in Overlake’s main hospital lobby for one week in November.
“In just 18 months, what had been a giant hole has transformed into a beautiful building that will be home to our inviting new childbirth center, with welcoming single patient rooms, as well as state-of-the-art technology and warm spaces for healing,” Overlake Chief Operating Officer Thomas DeBord said to the gathered crowd. In thanking the many professionals involved in the construction work to date—including GLY Construction, and architecture firm NBBJ—DeBord thanked the City of Bellevue, Overlake Foundation and the generous donors to Campaign FutureCare who have collectively contributed more than $32 million so far to make the campus renewal possible.
The new tower will offer larger single-patient rooms that combine the space for family zones and state-of-the-art technology, enhancing the work of Overlake’s highly skilled medical providers. The campus redesign, based on an urban-to-trail concept, incorporates natural light into the new tower’s interior spaces, park-like landscaping and pedestrian-friendly pathways from the Sound Transit Wilburton station located two blocks away.
Also part of Project FutureCare, Overlake recently celebrated the opening of two new operating room suites, one with hybrid OR technology allowing for minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures and one leading-edge cardiac suite.