The University of California, San Diego is set to hold a “topping out” ceremony Oct. 24 for its $839 million Jacobs Medical Center, located in UCSD Health System’s La Jolla campus. The center is slated to open in 2016.

The topping out involves the placement of the new hospital’s final steel construction beam at the top of a 10-story, 509,500-square-foot structure that will house 245 patient beds. About 92 million pounds of concrete, 1,900 tons of rebar and 273 miles of framing make up the existing hospital structure, the university health system said.

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, UC San Diego School of Medicine Dean David Brenner and UC San Diego Health System CEO Paul Viviano will all speak at the event.

— SDBJ Staff Report