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Topping-Out Ceremony Is Jan. 25

Everyone is invited to leave their mark on the replacement Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital by signing well wishes on the final support beam before it is put in place during a topping-out ceremony. This construction milestone will happen on Friday, Jan. 25, unless there are high winds or icy conditions.

Beam Signing
During the week leading up to the topping-out ceremony, the beam will be available to sign at the southwest construction entrance off 28th Street, next to the hospital’s south entrance. Dates and time that it will be available are:

  • Monday, Jan. 21 through Thursday, Jan. 24 - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 25, 7 to 11 a.m.

Topping Out Ceremony
At 11 a.m. on Jan. 25, the Skanska USA Building team will host a meet-and-greet with refreshments in the hospital’s Education Conference Room. Shortly before noon, the group will move to the south entrance to watch the final beam be put in place for the topping-out ceremony.

While it is difficult to pin down the exact beginnings of this construction tradition, most all agree that it symbolizes good luck for future occupants, continued growth and a safe workplace.

For questions, contact Mary Jo Kerlin, PR and Marketing Coordinator, at 541-557-6208 or