US-based UNC Hospitals has held a ‘topping out’ ceremony for its new seven-storey Surgical Tower at its Chapel Hill campus in North Carolina, achieving a major milestone in its construction, according to an announcement.

The ceremony is a tradition of the builders after placing the last beam on top of the structure.

Covering more than 357,000ft2 area, the UNC Hospitals’ Surgical Tower is set to become the largest single building at the Chapel Hill campus.

The new tower is slated for completion in 2024.

Upon completion, it will have operating rooms ranging between 650ft2 and 1,000ft2 area, pre-op and post-op rooms for patients and waiting rooms.  

Additionally, the surgical tower will feature a new 15-bed observation unit to support an efficient patient care plan.

The new facility will also allow UNC Hospitals to grow and innovate and to maintain its position in the field in surgical practice.

UNC Hospitals president Janet Hadar said: “This Surgical Tower will ensure that UNC Hospitals is able to provide excellent care and the latest technology for future generations of patients from our across the state.

“We are excited about the progress of this construction project, especially during a global pandemic. We look forward to the day we can open and begin caring for patients in this amazing new space.”

UNC Health is a not-for-profit integrated health care system, which is owned by the state of North Carolina. It comprises UNC Hospitals and its provider network, and 14 hospitals as well as 18 hospital campuses across the state.