Topping out ceremony celebrates critical BHTF milestone

Department news | June 30, 2022

Structural steel is complete on the new Behavioral Health Teaching Facility at the University of Washington Medical Center-Northwest campus! Representatives from Clark|Abbott, the joint venture team leading design and construction efforts on the project, joined University of Washington Medical Center officials including Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, and Charity Holmes, RN, for a topping out ceremony earlier this month to celebrate this critical milestone. Since breaking ground in October 2021, the Clark|Abbott team has erected 1,752 tons of steel to bring the project to full height. With structural steel operations complete, construction crews will shift their focus to fireproofing, adding concrete to metal decks, and enclosure.

The building will ultimately support a full continuum of clinical services ranging from medication management and psychotherapies to state-of-the art neuromodulation treatments for adult and geriatric patients and patients who have a combination of medical, surgical, and psychiatric problems. The building will also house an interdisciplinary training and workforce development program that is focused on preparing and supporting the next generation of behavioral health providers for Washington State. The BHTF is expected to open its doors in 2024. Read more