Work on care tower at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center reaches halfway point

The hospital held a topping out ceremony to celebrate the progress.

A concrete building and active construction site. Cranes from the ground and a large red one above hangs over the multiple-story building.

Hundreds of construction crews have dedicated more than 268,000 hours to the project so far.

Photo via Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

The final steel beams are in place for the new care tower at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The hospital’s celebration on Tuesday, March 5 marked the completion of the building’s structural framework.

“As we commemorate the topping out ceremony of the care tower, we honor not only the steel and concrete rising to the sky, but also the collective spirit and dedication of our community and Triad construction crews,” Mike Lancaster, CEO of Blum Construction Co., said.

Work began 17 months ago. When it’s complete, the 350,000-sqft building will house an upgraded emergency department, state-of-the-art operating rooms, and enhanced adult intensive care units. There will also be more natural light in larger patient rooms + new outdoor space to promote healing.

The expanded adult emergency department is expected to open first, in mid-2025. Construction is expected to be complete in 2026. The project will cost $450 million.