The structure of North Alabama Medical center is taking shape, after months of groundwork. Monday, March 13, 2017, crews placed the first steel beam. When complete, the building will be formed by 2,800 tons of Alabama Steel.
“The structural skeleton of the building will take shape in about five months,” explained John Thomas with Layton Construction. “We will start from the core and then work our way out through the patient tower and then out through the first floor. So that will take shape throughout the summer and early fall.”
Plans are on schedule to have the hospital complete in late 2018.
“This is a big day. It’s a major milestone for us,” stated Mike Howard, Chief Operating Officer of North Alabama Medical Center. “I think probably the most exciting part for me is that the community will be able to see the actual shape of the building starting to come up. From the road over the past few months there has been a lot of ground work going on, but this will allow us to start seeing things come up.”