Cancer Care Pavilion Topping Out Ceremony
November 8 marked a construction milestone in the development of the new Cancer Pavilion at Bronson Methodist Hospital in downtown Kalamazoo. On that day, the final beam of steel was raised and put in place atop the structure signaling the completion of the steel framework for the new facility. This tradition, called 'Topping Out', is a custom among iron workers around the world and is a signal that a structure has reached its full height.
Covering the beam were hundreds of signatures of cancer care providers, Bronson employees, board members, community donors and tradespeople who have worked on the construction project. As part of the tradition, an evergreen tree and an American flag were attached to the beam once it was in place.