Topping-Out Ceremony To Be Held For Osteopathic Medical School In Fort Smith

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Even with the rainy weather the River Valley has received recently, construction crews are still hard at work on the new Osteopathic School of Medicine being built at Chaffee Crossing.

Crews tell 5NEWS everything is right on schedule.

The members of the construction team and the school’s board members are holding a topping-out ceremony Friday morning (June 12),.

The milestone is to pause and reflect on where the crew has been and where the project is going in the future with the structure now in place.

5NEWS spoke with the Senior Project Manager Rob Dodd about the benefits the River Valley should see with the new facility. Dodd said, “It’s a very important project for the community, and it’s very exciting for all of us involved.”

After the topping-out ceremony, crews will be placing the brick exterior and then the roofing. Construction inside the building will then take place, starting with all of the finishes.

The projected date of the new Osteopathic School to be finished is April of 2016.