Topping Out Ceremony Marks Important Milestone at the Sheppard Pratt Elkridge Behavioral Health Facility
June 17, 2019 – Lewis Contractors celebrated a major milestone with Sheppard Pratt Health System (SPHS) at the new Behavioral Health Facility that Lewis is currently constructing in Elkridge, Maryland. On Friday, June 14, a topping out ceremony—a tradition that signifies the building has reached its final height—was held on the project site. Ceremonies began with a beam signing wherein parties instrumental to the building’s construction were invited to write messages on the final piece of the building’s 1,300 tons of structural steel before it was secured into place. Cranes then hoisted the steel beam—draped with an American flag and topped with an evergreen tree—to its place of prominence atop the three-story building.
“Today marks a critical milestone that has taken many years of planning and months of hard work. It is a privilege for all of us at Lewis to be a part of this much-needed expansion of mental health services in Howard County and it is important to pause for a moment and reflect on the tremendous efforts and dedication of so many involved in the project to make this possible,” stated Tyler Tate, President at Lewis Contractors.
Lewis is providing construction management services for the 12-acre improvement to SPHS’s 42-acre Elkridge site. This new structure will be the first building in a larger Behavioral Health Campus serving the needs of patients seeking mental health and addiction services throughout Howard County and beyond. The new 155,000 SF building will include 85 in-patient beds, outpatient services, and administrative and community spaces serving the full spectrum of needs of the more than 3,000 patients SPHS sees annually at its current Ellicott City location.
Programs will be included for general adult, adolescent, young adult, and geriatric patients, while adding services for the young adult and geriatric populations not currently included at the existing location. The building will also feature secure outdoor courtyards and terraces, a gymnasium, and other features allowing for both internal and external secure patient movement most beneficial to recovery. It will include state-of-the-art equipment, programs, and materials specific to a behavioral health hospital.
The new building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards or better and is expected to be completed in 2020.