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Construction Blog

Follow our progress as we begin construction to expand our hospital
so we can better serve the medical needs of children and teens in our region.

Rooftop Terrace to Provide Beautiful Views and Fresh Air for Patients, Families, Visitors and Staff

Roof Top Garden - RenderingWork begins in early June on an eagerly awaited addition to the Forest zone – a rooftop terrace on level eight that offers patients, families, visitors and staff a peaceful place to get some fresh air, stretch their legs and enjoy the view.

The terrace is adjacent to the Cancer Care Unit and right outside the physical therapy gym. It will include a small shelter, a spyglass telescope, benches made from reclaimed wood, a walking path and lots of plants and shrubs and will be safely enclosed with see-through fencing. 

We expect the terrace to open by the end of summer 2014. We will post updates on the blog as they become available.

Safe and Convenient Access to the Burke-Gilman Trail Coming Soon!

BGT_March 2014_2BGT_March_2014Spring is around the corner and daffodils aren’t the only things popping out of the ground. A new connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail – the last project in round one of our Livable Streets Initiative – is poised to open when we have received final city approval (hopefully in April).

Located behind the Hartmann Building, the connection provides paved access to the trail up a slope near a group of sequoia trees.

As part of our commitment to sustainability and the environment, we took great care to protect and preserve the trees during construction. A certified arborist periodically evaluated their health during the project. Jeff Hughes, Seattle Children’s manager of grounds and sustainability and Jim Keller of Site Workshop Landscape Architecture helped modify the connection’s design to avoid the trees’ root systems.

The connection provides safe and easy access between the Burke-Gilman trail across the Hartmann Building property to the traffic signal and crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and 40th Avenue NE and the cycle track that runs in front of the hospital.

Watch for an update on this blog announcing the date of the connection opening!

Concrete Pour Requires Early Start

Cement Truck_3_7 PostWork at the site of a new link to the Burke-Gilman Trail will begin one hour earlier than usual on Friday, March 7. The 7 a.m. start is necessary because that’s the only time a concrete truck is available to pour concrete for a bench and a ramp. The new trail link, which is expected to open by the end of March, is located behind the Hartmann Building. Flaggers will redirect traffic as needed during the concrete pour. We appreciate your patience.

River to Forest Walkway Closing Soon

Mountain Blog Post River Blog PostThe exterior walkway between the River and Forest zones will close Monday, Jan. 13, and will remain closed for the rest of the year as we expand our inpatient psychiatric unit (IPU) in the River and Mountain zones and build out levels 2, 4 and 5 of the Forest Zone.

The closure will protect pedestrians during construction and provide space for dumpsters, forklifts and cranes. The exterior stairs between the River and Forest zones on both the north and south sides of the buildings will remain open. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians.

The IPU expansion involves adding beds on level five of the River and Mountain zones and renovating the existing IPU on level four of the River zone.  The A zones on River and Mountain level five – currently vacant – will be closed until the IPU work is complete this summer. The Forest Zone buildout includes adding more medical patient beds. Continue to check the construction blog for future project updates.

Brief Closure for Hartmann Driveway

The north driveway of the Hartmann Building parking lot will be closed for approximately four hours on Thursday, Dec. 26, while a broken water line is repaired. The exact hours of the closure aren’t set yet, but a flagger will be present during the closure to direct traffic to the south driveway. The repairs also require the  water to be shut off at the Hartmann Building on Friday, Dec. 27, between 6-8 a.m.

Construction on a new connection to the Burke Gilman Trail immediately west of the Hartmann Building will resume on Thursday, Dec. 26, after a two-day stoppage for the holidays. Continue to check the Construction Blog for future project updates.

Building Hope Awarded LEED Gold

Our Building Hope expansion – known as the Forest Zone –has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in recognition of the building’s sustainable design and construction. 

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Gold is the second highest of four certifications the USGBC awards – a challenging level for healthcare facilities to achieve because of their high energy and water use.

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Trail Project Off and Running

BGT - phase 1 Dec 2013Work started Monday, Dec. 2, to create a new connection to the Burke Gilman Trail. The project’s general contractor, Sellen Construction, is putting up temporary fencing and taking over a portion of the Hartmann Building parking lot in preparation for constructing the new link.

The new connection will traverse the Hartmann property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital.

Work will take place between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays only – no weekends or holidays. No noisy machinery will operate between 7-8 a.m. Construction will cause only minimal traffic disruptions because most work will be staged from the rear of the Hartmann property. The trail will remain open during all phases of construction. 

The project is expected to be completed early next year. Continue to check the Construction Blog for future project updates.

Trench Drain Will Keep Feet Dry

The rainy season is here and when the sky opens, the parking stalls on Level 6 of the Ocean parking garage puddle up. To spare patient families and other visitors from stepping into standing water, we’re creating a trench drain  just south of the garage entrance to carry away runoff.

 Work begins Nov. 11 and will take one to two weeks to complete.  All work will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The garage entrance will remain open throughout the project.

 The project involves cutting a 140-foot long channel through the concrete parking surface and covering it with a grate. Cutting and removing the concrete will produce a large amount of noise.

 We appreciate your patience while we make this important improvement.

Preparations For Trail Construction Begin Soon

BGT Hartmann Plan Nov 2013IMG_5919IMG_5917IMG_5916IMG_5909IMG_5915Work to build a new connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail starts in November when the project’s general contractor, Sellen Construction, begins making preparations for construction. The prep work includes installing temporary fences and taking over a portion of the Hartmann Building parking lot.

Most work will be staged from the rear of the Hartmann property, creating minimal traffic disruptions, and the trail will remain open during all phases of construction.

When completed early next year, the new trail connection will traverse the Hartmann Building property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE & 40th Ave NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital to Penny Drive.

The project involves grading and paving, building fences and retaining walls, and installing signage and landscaping. Work will take place on weekdays only – no weekends or holidays – between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. No noisy machinery will operate between 7-8 a.m.

Continue to check the Construction Blog for future project updates.

Burke-Gilman Trail Link Gets Green Light

Burke-Gilman TrailGetting to the Burke-Gilman Trail is about to get easier and safer for Seattle Children’s neighbors, visitors and staff. After receiving final approval from the Department of Planning and Development at the city of Seattle, we’re ready to start building a new connection to the trail.

The ADA-compliant link will traverse the Hartmann Building property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital. Read full post »