Topping Out at Fort Benning

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Site Engineering, Survey | No Comments

Darren signing the beam.

After years of brainstorming, collaboration, creative coordination, effort and prayers, Sain Associates was proud to be involved in the topping out ceremony of the Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia on September 14, 2012.

A topping out ceremony is held to commemorate the milestone of the last beam being placed at the top of a building. It’s attended by tradesmen on the job, subcontractors, supervisors, architects, engineers, project executives, owners and VIPs. Sain Associates Principal and Owner, Joe Meads, and I traveled to the ceremony and felt a real sense of accomplishment knowing that we are helping build a state-of-the-art hospital for our troops.

Before the beam was lifted up, everyone who contributed to the project signed it and two special coins that were created for the project were fixed to the beam. Then it was hoisted into place by a crane. For us, this symbolized the completion of an effort that began in 2008. This project has been a real challenge, which makes it mean that much more to us.

Sain was a critical part of the design team that collaborated on the pursuit before the project was awarded. We had many creative design charrette meetings in which we worked with the contractor, architects and other consultants to develop a site plan that was beautiful, while meeting all the requirements of the Government. We also assisted and participated in presentations, preparing drawings and exhibits for meetings with the Government before the project was awarded.

Once the project was awarded, Sain performed a topographic survey and designed all the site-related aspects of the project, including an exit ramp off I-185, a 0.75 mile boulevard/roadway and design of the site containing two parking garages, two clinics, a hospital tower and all of the supporting utility infrastructure.

As the project continues, the building company, Turner Construction, will use all of the latest design and construction tools and techniques, including 3D modeling, LEAN management, electronic submittals, BIM coordination, life cycle costing and the latest environmentally sensitive building materials and techniques. The hospital is scheduled to be completed by mid 2014.

In recognition and support of Sain Associates’ work with the Turner team at Fort Benning, we have made a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization supporting the needs of wounded, injured or ill service members on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. To read more or find out how you may support the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit

Sain Associates, Inc., is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in Cullman, Alabama, Pulaski, Tennessee and Mandeville, Louisiana. Sain is a site engineering, traffic/transportation engineering and planning and land surveying firm with experience in more than thirty states.

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