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'Topping Out' Ceremony Marks Milestone in Construction of University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
Date:12/3/2009

PLAINSBORO, N.J., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The development of University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) reached a milestone today with a "topping out" ceremony, marking the completion of steel-frame construction at the new hospital that will replace University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP).

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A topping out ceremony is a steelworkers' tradition in which a steel beam carrying an evergreen tree to symbolize good luck is raised to a structure's highest point.

The 30-foot steel beam used today - signed by hundreds of physicians, employees and community members - was hoisted by crane to the 91-foot apex of what will be the hospital's patient tower carrying the traditional tree as well as an American flag.

"This is an exciting milestone on our journey to create one of the finest regional hospitals in the United States," said Barry S. Rabner, Princeton HealthCare System President and CEO. "Just as this beam occupies the high point of our hospital, so this hospital will soon occupy the high point of care for our region."

Designed in a joint venture by architecture firms HOK and RMJM with architect J. Robert Hillier, formerly of RMJM Hillier, the $447-million hospital has already earned national recognition for plans that incorporate evidence-based design principles that improve the quality of care. In addition, innovative sustainability features will enhance the health of the environment and the health and well being of its patients and employees.

Princeton HealthCare System's goal to make UMCPP a national model of sustainability for healthcare facilities received a significant boost today with a $7 million incentive package from PSE&G. The New Jersey utility's award of a $5.5 million grant and $1.5 million loan will help s
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