Wednesday night, many looking up at this tall, steel frame, with hard hats and anticipation, picturing the new Stamford Hospital.
"We are going to be changing the face of healthcare in this community and this is an event that really demarcates that," said Kathleen Silard, Stamford Hospital's executive vice president and chief operating officer.
The hospital's officials, staff, and physicians, joined by more than 400 supporters as the hospital celebrated its 'topping of'f, a major milestone marking the end of the structure's steel work.
"To see the culmination of the topping off event of putting the upper most piece of steel on our new replacement hospital," said Silard.
Another part of the reason why people were excited at the event: they could sign two of the beams that will be added to the final structure.
"I signed the beam that will become a part of Stamford Hospital forever," said Liz Manfredo, the hospital's director of cancer services. "It was really symbolic for me. As an employee of Stamford Hospital for 25 years, I've been here, been part of the planning."
"I've been seeing the building go up. So it's really important to me to be a part of it. It's part of history," said Manfredo.
The 450-million-dollar project's focus is the hospital's patients. Many nurses, other medical staff and patients had a big role in its design.
Construction will continue on through 2016. The hospital is scheduled to open that summer.