On May 17, 2019, LF Driscoll celebrated the topping off of Penn First, a Penn Medicine project being done as a joint venture with Balfour Beatty US.

Two beams were raised: one, that was signed by members of the Penn Medicine community and adorned with a replica of the statue of Ben Franklin on a bench that sits on Locust Walk; and a second beam, signed by Penn First project workers, and adorned with the US flag and a tree symbolizing zero fatalities during the project’s steel erection by iron workers.

The topping off ceremony took place during LF Driscoll’s Safety Day and Safety Stand Down.



Penn First Topping Off Ceremony from GBCA on Vimeo.

Several GBCA Members are working on the Penn First project, including the following:

  • Bayshore Rebar, Inc.
  • Berlin Steel
  • Dale Construction
  • DM Sabia & Co.
  • Madison Concrete Construction
  • Oliver Fire Protection & Security
  • Philadelphia D&M
  • Roma Steel
  • Shore Supply
  • Superior Scaffold Services

See another video and more photos of the event from Penn Medicine:

“Topping out” refers to placing the last beam atop a structure during its construction. This ceremony marked a significant milestone in the development of our innovative healthcare facility, which broke ground in May 2015. pic.twitter.com/H6bI25bqua

— Penn Medicine News (@PennMedNews) May 17, 2019



About the Penn First Project

The new $1.5 billion Penn Pavilion project will be 1.5 million square feet over 17 stories, and be completed in 2021.