Cleveland Medical Mart Achieves Milestone in Construction Process

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor The $465 million Medical Mart & Convention Center project under construction in Cleveland has now reached an important milestone. On Friday, June 22, the uppermost steel beam was placed on top of the building in a topping out ceremony. Dignitaries and hundreds of construction workers signed a white steel beam, [...]

The $465 million Medical Mart & Convention Center project under construction in Cleveland has now reached an important milestone. On Friday, June 22, the uppermost steel beam was placed on top of the building in a topping out ceremony.

Dignitaries and hundreds of construction workers signed a white steel beam, the last one of the project. The beam was then hoisted by crane to the top of the Medical Mart along with the United States flag, the Cuyahoga County flag and an evergreen tree, a symbol of growth and good luck. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic,  were among those present at the ceremony. Jim Bennett, senior vice president of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., emceed the event.

Located in downtown Cleveland, the Medical Mart & Convention Center is the only facility in the world targeted specifically to the medical and healthcare industries. Work on the more than 1 million-square-foot project started in January of last year. Now, 18 months later, it is more than halfway finished. Two thousand construction workers were involved and 12,175.9 tons of steel were used.

The Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center will feature a four-story, 235,000-square-foot Medical Mart facility attached below grade to a convention center with 230,000 square feet of Class A exhibit space. It will also include approximately 90,000 square feet of high-tech, flexible meeting rooms; a 32,000-square-foot grand ballroom; and an 11,000-square-foot junior ballroom. With the convention center built underground, the project allows for more than seven acres of green space.

Merchandise Mart Properties teamed with Cuyahoga County to create the combined medical mart and convention center. Seattle-based LMN Architects is the project’s architect, while the Cleveland office of Turner Construction Co. is the design-build contractor. The taxpayer-financed project is scheduled for completion in fall 2013.

Rendering courtesy of www.clevelandmedicalmart.com.