The $394 million expansion of the University of Virginia Medical Center reached a milestone Wednesday.
Workers laid the final steel beam for the 440,000-square foot project, which will double the emergency department’s capacity, add dedicated space for mental health services, expand interventional services and add private rooms.
The university’s Board of Visitors approved the project in March 2015. The emergency department currently has 43 cramped bays; the new wing will expand it to 80.
Three floors of the six-story tower, which sits atop the emergency wing, will contain private patient rooms. The remaining three floors are reserved for future growth.