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Children's Hospital New Medical Campus Topping-Off Ceremony Sure to Rise to the Occasion - with Kid Signatures and Drawings


WHAT: Topping-off ceremony at the new Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center site in Lawrenceville; the last steel beams will rise and be welded into place.

WHO: Roger A. Oxendale
Children's President and CEO

Mayor Bob O'Connor
City of Pittsburgh Mayor

Dan Onorato
Allegheny County Executive

Mary Jo Howard Dively, Esq.
Chair, Children's Board of Trustees

Greg Peaslee
Senior Vice President at UPMC

WHY: The last three steel beams will rise, topping off the steel structure for what will be the new 900,000-square-foot Children's Hospital, part of a 1.5 million-square-foot new campus development. The topping-off ceremony is a long-standing tradition of construction workers - especially steelworkers.

PHOTO OPS: Patients will help executives and legislators sign and decorate the final beam of the new hospital building's steel superstructure. Three beams will rise to the top of the structure --- atop the beam will be the traditional tree, broom and American flag. A large banner will fall along side of the structure as the beams rises.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, June 28, 2006
10 a.m. - Guests welcome to sign beam that will rise at ceremony
10:30 a.m. - Program begins. Refreshments to follow.
**New hospital site in Lawrenceville (directions below)

Editor's Note: Parking for media will be in front of the central plant building. Please take 44th Street, off Penn Avenue, in Lawrenceville and follow it to Garwood Way (turn right at the first stop sign). Turn right at the end and proceed to the guard house. The central plant building is the first building on your left, across from the parking garage. Please remember, this is an active construction site with some rugged walking surfaces. Hard hats must be worn by all who attend and will be available at the parking garage.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,

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