Posted at: 11/12/2012 6:43 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The construction of the building that will house Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program took a big step forward Monday. The final steel beam was installed and was cause for a celebration known as topping out.
The ceremony brought together the doctors and construction workers responsible for this important building.
"As a tradesman this is one of the proudest days that we have," said Jamie Jensen, an Ironworker who installed the last beam, wearing just a harness.
"Don't get me wrong I was a little nervous up there when I come down I say oh she's really tight here we go, but we got through it just like the rest of the beams," he said.
The beams form the skeleton of a building that will house the state-of-the-art Proton Beam Therapy Program.
"The equipment we have will be like none other available in the world," said Robert Foote, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology.
The equipment will provide cancer patients with a more targeted treatment with less side effects.
"There will be an opportunity to give higher doses of radiation more safely which should lead to people living longer and having a greater opportunity for a cure," said Foote.
A one of a kind treatment that the Ironworkers are proud to be a part of.
"When we're out there fighting the elements and the cold weather we just think to ourselves what a good cause this is going for that people are gonna be taken care of. That's enough for us knowing that it's going in such good hands for such a good cause," said Jensen.
With the final beam installed, the doctors are now one step closer in treating tens of thousands of patients.
Doctors say the Proton Beam Therapy equipment should be installed next year. The entire building is to be completed by the middle of 2015.