Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center Marks Construction Milestone with Topping Out Ceremony

New facility on schedule to open in summer 2018


The final steel beam of the new Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center, set to open next summer, was bolted in place at the topping out ceremony held by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood on Friday, Aug. 4.

Construction crews signed the beam prior to the Lakewood Family Health Center Topping Off Ceremony

“We are excited to reach this milestone of construction for the new Lakewood Family Health Center,” said James Hekman, M.D., medical director of the Lakewood Family Health Center. “It marks a significant step in healthcare for Lakewood families and we look forward to opening next year.”

The beam was painted white and signed by all construction workers and Cleveland Clinic Lakewood caregivers involved in the soon-to-be Lakewood Family Health Center. An American flag and an evergreen tree were placed on top of the beam. This tradition marks the symbolic completion of the structural phase of the building, which remains on schedule to be complete in summer 2018.

“The ceremony was about the community, caregivers and construction workers,” said Dr. Hekman. “It also was an opportunity to thank all of the construction members for their hard work and to let them know how much we appreciate them.”

Cleveland Clinic Lakewood broke ground on the new 62,000-square-foot facility, located at 14601 Detroit Ave., on April 4, 2017. The Lakewood Family Health Center will offer specialty care, family medicine, imaging, chronic disease management, a center for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) care, and feature a new state-of-the-art emergency department.

Lakewood Family Health Center Topping Off Ceremony

Whiting-Turner has had more than 62 construction members work on this project to date with nearly 6,983 man hours. The next steps include finishing the exterior of the building so construction workers can work on the interior during the winter months.




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