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Steel Shots: A Beam of Hope
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM.


A 31-ft steel beam carries messages of hope from nearly 1,000 cancer survivors and family members at the OSU Medical Center expansion site. Click on the photo to link to a brief video of the beam erection and installation last December.


Ever wonder if anybody cares about that steel framework once the building is complete? Even though it may not be visible for long, the recently erected “Survivor Beam” at OSU is likely to hold a special place in the hearts of many for years to come.


More than 1,000 cancer survivors and family members inscribed wishes of strength and hope on the specially painted beam before it was hoisted into place on December 22, 2011, to become part of the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and critical care tower, part of The Ohio State University Medical Center expansion project. The “Survivor Beam” was fabricated by AISC Member Cives Steel Company and erected by AISC Certified Erector Runyon Erectors.screencapture-osu-1.jpg


You can watch a minute-long YouTube video showing people signing their messages on the beam and the beam rising to its special place on the building.


Scheduled to open in 2014, the $1.1 billion cancer hospital and critical care center involves 11,000 tons of structural steel that workers began erecting in August. When it opens, the 20-story, 1.1 million-sq.-ft building will be one of the 15 tallest hospitals in the U.S. and one of the 25 tallest in the world.


Learn more about the expansion project and its progress by viewing our previous news post from last November. You can also find current information, additional videos and a project timeline on the OSU Medical Center Expansion blog.

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