With the promise of spring around the corner, our progress building the new Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in White Oak steadily continues. The foundation pouring for the new hospital officially began in December and was accompanied by the installation of two large tower cranes. The foundation was completed in March, and next we will see a new floor added each month, with “topping out” expected in the Fall. The “topping out” of the hospital will mark the completion of the concrete framework.

In addition to the foundation work happening on the site, a large retaining wall has recently been completed on the back side of the hospital. This impressive wall measures 30 feet tall at some points and over 1,000 feet long – that’s over three football fields! The construction of the wall took more than 16 tons of stones and about 28 weeks to complete.

On Jan. 11, Adventist HealthCare leaders welcomed LABQUEST to visit the site. LABQUEST is a community organization that has been a supporter of bringing Washington Adventist Hospital to join the Food and Drug Administration as part of the developing life sciences community in White Oak. In addition to learning about the nearly complete retaining wall and the construction activity, members Betsy Bretz and John Dyer tossed a LABQUEST Challenge Coin into one of the footers as it was being poured, marking their special connection to the new hospital.

We are excited to see our new hospital begin to rise from the ground and we hope you are too! Drive by the site or see our progress at OurCommunityTransformed.org