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.

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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

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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.

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