Topping Out Two Months Ahead of Schedule

The Kienlen team at the SSM Health SLU Hospital Campus Renewal Project recently hit a major milestone. The final piece of steel was set on the 10-story bed tower, capping off a safe and successful project for the team.  Over 5,000 tons of steel, made up of over 8,000 individual pieces were erected by Kienlen’s Ironworkers and Operators. Kienlen partnered with Hillsdale Fabricators early in the design phase to identify connection types to improve constructability and to maximize shop fabricated members which would aid the overall project schedule. The project scope also included installation of nearly 100,000 field bolts and over a mile of field welding.

The entire project participated in the celebration of the topping out ceremony. Representatives from the local Union Halls were on hand to commend the efforts of the craft men and women who completed the project safely and far ahead of schedule. Kienlen was able to meet the Client’s milestone two months ahead of the originally anticipated schedule, allowing the General Contractor to begin follow-up activities sooner than expected.

Lead Ironworker Superintendent for Kienlen, Wilbur Knuckles, on the success of the project; “A great executed erection plan, near perfect fabrication, and persistent field supervision dedicated to the project all contributed to this success. Another major milestone for this project is that it was accomplished with zero injuries, a true testament to the quality of our craft leadership.”

No steel erection project is too big or too small for Kienlen’s capabilities. Reach out to us today on how we can make your next steel erection project a success.