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Construction on track at Western Michigan University's new Medical School set to open next fall

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Crowd gathers to sign the beam and then sent it up to its position in the frame.
The beam with a tree still in its pot so it can be replanted and not just tossed out with the trash.
Artist's rendering of the final structure
Crowd gathers to sign the beam and then sent it up to its position in the frame.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo’s movers and shakers came out Wednesday afternoon for the “Topping-off” ceremony at WMU’s new School of Medicine downtown.

They attached the final topmost beam to the steel framing of a building, complete with American Flag and an evergreen tree for good luck.  Its a construction tradition. 

Mayor Bobby Hopewell says turning out doctors is going to be another thing that Kalamazoo is famous for.

The crowd applauded as the beam was bolted into place.

The goal is to have the renovation of the former Upjohn research building and construction on the new addition done by June of next year in time for the first classes in September of 2014.

 

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