They’ve “topped off” the UH Cancer Center at Kaka’ako

University of Hawai’i Cancer Center spokeswoman Kellie Tormey reports that construction of the UH Cancer Center, next to the John A. Burns School of Medicine at Kaka’ako, is ahead of schedule.

In fact, Tormey said, crews reached a major milestone by “topping off’ the building. That term means workers completed the highest point on the project, at the sixth floor.

“A small tree stands on the site to symbolize this feat,” Tormey said.

In December, crews will complete the glass encasement of the building, so the interiors will be weatherproof as winter’s rainy season begins.

The Center will host a tour for a small group of legislators and public officials in November. Tormey said the tour will give lawmakers a preview prior to the start of the upcoming legislative session.

“As many of you know, our state legislature is responsible for directing monies raised through the state tax on cigarettes to support bond revenues utilized to pay for the new building,” Tormey explained.

The Center currently receives two cents for every cigarette sold in Hawai’i, under the law passed several years ago by the Hawai’i State Legislature.

Tormey said the UH President and UH Manoa Chancellor will attend the tour.

Story: Tina Shelton, Photos: Arnold Kameda.

View of Cancer Center from Ka'akako Park, Oct. 24, 2011

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