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Taking shape

Construction workers reel in the final structural beam Tuesday afternoon for the roof at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin's new medical center expansion. — Matt Peterson/matt.peterson@austindailyherald.com

Last structural beam fitted for new medical center expansion

A construction crew anchored the final structural beam on Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin’s expansion Tuesday afternoon. Tom Leimer, project manager, said construction is progressing exactly on time, which isn’t always common in the middle of winter.

“It doesn’t come along very often,” he said. “And it just makes construction a lot more fun.”

The entire steel structure, including bolts, beams and other supplies weighs 962,000 pounds, roughly the equivalent of 17 million forks, representatives said. A total of 14,000 bolts — at $1 each — fasten everything together.

The 85,600-square-foot expansion and indoor remodel is scheduled for completion on Feb. 28, 2013. The expansion will create 70 more jobs, as well.