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The steel beam that will finish the support structure of the new Critical Care Building is set into place. Photo by Tony Cagala

Hospital tops off new structure

ENCINITAS — Since the first beam went into the ground three weeks ago, Scripps’ new Critical Care building has been taking shape. 

On Friday project donors, community leaders, government officials and hospital staff all signed one of the steel structural beams for the building.

People signing the beam wrote messages as, “Hard work pays off,” and “The future is now,” celebrating the building’s construction, which is the first patient care facility built at Scripps Encinitas in 20 years.

The two-story facility, which consists of $87 million out of the $94 million total cost for the complete expansion, is expected to be open early summer 2014.