The final piece of steel for the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center will be put into place during a “topping off” ceremony at 8:30 a.m. July 31, at 4925 N. Nevada Ave.
Officials from UCCS and Penrose-St. Francis Centura Health will join construction crews to place the piece of steel on the northwest corner of the building. The tradition dates back to 700 A.D. in Scandinavia, and it symbolizes teamwork, high-quality craftsmanship and future good luck.
Construction on the Hybl Center started in November 2018. It is on budget and on schedule for an April 2020 opening.
The 104,000-square foot Hybl Center will be the first of its kind to integrate undergraduate and graduate education with clinical practice and research in a sports medicine and performance environment. Penrose St. Francis Centura Health will manage the clinical operations and 1,500 exercise science, human anatomy, physiology, athletic training and nutrition students are projected to study in the facility. The project received supplemental funding from the Regional Tourism Act of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade through the City for Champions initiative.