By Chris Rauber, San Francisco Business Times – May 3, 2016

It’s been a long time coming, but UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland “topped out” its new outpatient center’s six-story steel skeleton recently.

The pediatric hospital, part of UCSF Health under CEO Mark Laret, broke ground on the project last October, and expects the new ambulatory center to open in the fall of next year. It’s the first, $180 million phase of a $500 million, 10-year expansion and rebuild project designed to meet California seismic safety requirements and upgrade and modernize the campus. The new structure is located at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and 52nd Street.

The April 27 topping out celebration featured brief speeches by the hospital’s longtime president and CEO, Burt Lubin, M.D., Chief Operating Officer Richard DeCarlo and Oakland City Council Member Noel Gallo. (DeCarlo is also COO at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital campus in San Francisco.)