Crane marks beginning of structural construction at Carilion Clinic’s Crystal Spring Tower site

A new 240-foot-tall tower crane on Carilion Clinic’s Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital campus will join the Roanoke skyline by June 18.

The crane will stand as the second-tallest structure in the immediate area, only surpassed by the 320-foot-tall Wells Fargo building—which is the tallest building in Southwest Virginia.

The crane will support upcoming construction activities taking place over the next 24 months, as the onsite, joint venture construction team of Birmingham, Alabama-based Robins & Morton and Virginia-based Branch Builds begins structural work on Carilion’s new Crystal Spring Tower. This includes moving material and supporting the concrete pours for each of the tower’s 10 stories. It can lift up to 22,000 pounds and extends 214 feet. Construction of the crane is set to take place over two days—June 17 and June 18.

Once complete in 2025, the Crystal Spring Tower will span 500,000 square feet, offering 64 new patient rooms, a 550-space parking garage, and a relocated and expanded emergency room.

Nashville-based Earl Swensson Associates (ESa) is serving as the project architect