Construction of Curry General Hospital

The construction of the new hospital in Gold Beach is now in full swing and the other day I spent some time watching.


It’s a chance to glimpse into the usually hidden interior of a multi-story building.

It’s impressive to see the skilled iron workers of the Erdman Company at work in their “office.” If they weren’t so focused on their dangerous job, they would have a fantastic view of the ocean from up there!


Not for the faint-hearted!


Slowly and gently they coax the huge beams into position.

Perhaps it’s the need for perfect balance, but there is just something heroic about these iron dancers!


The hospital is scheduled to be completed in late 2016.


  1. Trish September 29, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for the photos of Curry General Hospital’s ongoing construction. What a design marvel ! Not just the steel ibeams with plates and the awesome GeoPiers (over 700 of them)rammed to a depth of 25′ under the 3′ steel reinforced concrete foundation. Read these direct quotes from the Chief Scientist with DOGAMI, Ian Madin. >> “Curry General Hospital will be the most seismically resilient hospital in the State of Oregon.” ” This is the FIRST hospital in the US that has been designed with any consideration for Tsunami impact.” “It has a good amount of Tsunami safety at the current site.” <<
    Keep us posted on the progression. We will still be able to witness a lot more exterior work i.e the dirt fill of the wide "trench" on the EAST side of the hospital making the new Parking Lot (site of the current hospital building) level with the Entrance to the First Floor of the NEW hospital. The floor BELOW that is referred to "Lower Level". And of course,we will be able to witness the demolition of the current hospital for that parking lot . Exciting ! Trish.

    • Claudia Kuenkel September 29, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

      Thanks for the info, Trish! I knew this would be of interest to you!

  2. Chris Estoos January 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

    That’s me up there! ! So cool to find these pics on line…I did the same identical building in oahu…I had a great time in goldbeach!!!

    • Claudia Kuenkel January 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

      Chris, it’s wonderful that you found the pictures and I’m glad I could send them to you. Thank you for the great job you did for Gold Beach! Sounds like you get to travel to some beautiful places and you enjoy your work. Stay safe! 🙂

    • Trish January 16, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

      TO Chris and ALL the IRONWORKERS OF LOCAL #29,

      THANK YOU for your skills in making this seismically-sound building “a first” in the USA as described above.

      When you retire, THINK GOLD BEACH ! We’d love to have y’all come back !


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