US-based Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMH) has topped out the five-storey Kolschowsky Research & Education Institute.  

The $75m facility has now reached its maximum height of 82ft, which is said to be a key milestone in its development.  

It is located at 1880 Arlington Street, which is the site of the former Doctor’s Gardens medical office building. 

The Kolschowsky Research & Education Institute is expected to open in mid-2025. 

Once open, the facility will offer expanded research and training opportunities for medical professionals in the Suncoast region in Florida, US. 

It will support clinical trials, research studies, and a range of education programmes, including a simulation centre that will provide hands-on training for physicians, nurses, and students learning new treatments and technologies. 

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The new centre, which will cover approximately 80,000ft² of area, aims to consolidate SMH’s programmes, fostering a collaborative environment that helps physicians and researchers.  

Following the latest milestone, the construction team will now commence the installation of support steel, exterior walls, and windows, along with the work on the electrical, interior framing, mechanical, and plumbing systems. 

Work related to roofing is expected to begin next month.  

Apart from architects and engineers, the project has engaged approximately 200 craft workers and a project management team, which has completed over 30,000 hours since the start of demolition work on the Doctor’s Gardens and the beginning of site work early last year. 

SMH said its research and graduate medical education programmes have seen substantial growth, with more than 50 active studies and various physicians applying for residency and fellowship positions annually. 

Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder said: “It’s an inspirational point for workers who have toiled through months of extreme heat and rains to reach this important phase of construction. 

“It’s also a milestone for our health system and community. It means we have reached the halfway point and soon will begin layering in many interior and exterior design features that will bring SMH’s Kolschowsky Research & Education Institute to life.”