The Andrews Institute held a “topping off” ceremony. Dr. Jim Andrews, Baptist Health Care and Morette Construction honored the construction workers who have labored on the world class orthopaedic and sports medicine facility.
The construction on the Andrews Institute – which is located in the City of Gulf Breeze on Hwy 98 – is ahead of schedule. Phase 1 will treat its first patients on Dec. 1, 2006 in the 85,000 sq. ft. main building. Phase 2 is set to open Feb. 1, 2007 – they will begin interviewing for jobs for Phase 2 next month. Phase 2 will have 150 jobs.
The workers were served BBQ (from Billy Bob’s BBQ) by the BHC administrators, Dr. Joe Story and Dr. Andrews as while as Morette Construction supervisors.
Dr. Andrews did address the construction team. He thanked them for making a “dream come true.”
“Your efforts have been unbelievable. You’re building a facility that will be world class and which you can tell your grandchildren you were a part of. Athletes from all over the country will come here.”
“We are really in the same business. I’m just a glorified carpenter. You build buildings. I repair people.”
“I look forward to you turning the keys over to us.”