Beam signing ushers in new construction phase for The Pavilion at U-M Health

October 28, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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Key takeaways:

  • Work to enclose the exterior of The Pavilion at U-M Health will begin this winter.
  • Employees were invited to help celebrate this quickly approaching milestone on Wednesday by signing one of the final beams that will be installed in the structural framework for The Pavilion.
  • An afternoon ceremony included remarks from Michigan Medicine leaders, a patient and family advisor, and a special visit from the university’s new president, Santa J. Ono, Ph.D.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, faculty, staff and learners celebrated a new phase of construction that will soon begin on The Pavilion at U-M Health. An all-day beam signing event drew nearly 2,000 employees who each signed one of the structural beams for The Pavilion, making their mark on the future of health care at Michigan Medicine.

The event took place in the courtyard between the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and the Medical Science Building, with faculty, staff and learners invited to sign the maize-colored beam with blue markers.

Framework of The Pavilion, an adult inpatient facility designated for complex and high-acuity care, will soon be complete. Construction crews will begin work to enclose the building’s exterior this winter, and the hospital is expected to open in fall 2025.

“The signing commemorates a major step forward toward the completion of this critically important project,” said Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of Michigan Medicine. “The Pavilion on our medical campus will provide much needed increased access for patients to receive cutting-edge medical care from our world-class providers. Our hospitals typically run close to capacity, and this addition will only allow us to serve more Michiganders in a state-of-the-art facility.”

The Pavilion will include 264 private inpatient rooms capable of converting into intensive care, a top-notch neurosciences center and specialty services for cardiovascular and thoracic care, said David Miller, M.D., M.P.H., president of U-M Health.

“It will also feature 20 surgical and three interventional radiology suites,” Miller said. “The environment will not only allow for extraordinary patient care, but it will also be an outstanding place for our teams to collaborate, innovate and discover, as well as educate the next generation of health care professionals.”

The new hospital will allow for the relocation of beds currently in semi-private rooms at University Hospital, improving patient safety and experience while offering more space for family members.

“It was exciting to bring together the Michigan Medicine family to offer a chance for people to leave their mark on the future of health care in Ann Arbor,” said Linda Larin, M.B.A., FACHE, chief operating officer for University Hospital, Frankel Cardiovascular Center and The Pavilion at U-M Health. “The high-quality care we provide is driven by our faculty and staff, and their names will live within the facility, leaving their legacy for years to come.”

The Pavilion at U-M Health is being constructed adjacent to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, and the two are set to be linked with bridge and tunnel connections. The facility is designed for sustainability to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Building Certification, the highest possible rating.

“We are committed to making The Pavilion an energy-efficient and carbon-saving facility that is recognized for its environmental sustainability and our high commitment to protecting patients and the community,” said Tony Denton, J.D., M.H.A., senior vice president and chief operating officer at U-M Health.

The beam signing event ran from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with a brief afternoon ceremony that included remarks from Michigan Medicine leaders and patient and family advisor Zach Tomlinson, as well as a special visit from U-M’s new president, Santa J. Ono, Ph.D., who signed the beam as well.

Check out a photo gallery of the event above. And if you were there, please email selfies or photos from the beam signing to and they could be featured on the Employees @ Michigan Medicine Facebook page!