March 16, 2014
With one last steel beam ready to be put in place, workers at the site of the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital held a topping out ceremony Thursday.
Construction workers and RMH staff took time to sign the beam and photograph it Thursday morning before it was put in place.
The ceremony symbolizes good luck for the building and it's inhabitants. As the crowd looked up, many reflected on what the hospital's future holds.
RMH CEO Jim Krauss says, "This is a great milestone. On the way over here, I was thinking back to 1908, when the first hospital was conceived over in Harrisonburg. And the excitement the community must have had at that time. I imagined it's a very similar feeling that we've had today. Very great milestone to finish the top of the building, get the last steel in place. And ready to finish off what we started to do."
Hospital officials say the outside skin of the building should be finished by this winter.