Archive for October 2010

Helistop Relocation Will Happen in Stages

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When Phase 1 of our growth plan is complete, it will include 192 private patient rooms, a kitchen, a service dock, a new emergency department and – because it must remain near the emergency department – a new helistop. We heard concerns from our neighbors about moving the helistop so we worked with helicopter experts, emergency department staff and the community to create a plan that will relocate the helistop in stages as follows:

  • When we complete phase 1 and the emergency department relocates, we will move the helistop to an interim site on the ground north of phase 1.
  • When construction begins on our new diagnostic and treatment center, the helistop will move to a second interim site on the roof of phase 1.
  • When the new diagnostic and treatment center opens, the helistop will move to a final location on the roof of that building near where it was envisioned in the council-approved master plan.  We anticipate this being built just north of the phase 1 structure.

Existing rules for helicopter landings will remain in place throughout the process. Only the most critically ill or injured children – those experiencing level 4 or level 5 trauma – are airlifted directly to Children’s. Airlifted patients who are not in critical condition land at the University of Washington and are transported to Children’s by ambulance.

Over the last 10 years, an average of 4 – 5 patients a month have been airlifted directly to Children’s. During the first six months of this year, 25 patients were airlifted straight to Children’s while 55 landed at the University of Washington. This helistop relocation plan has been presented to the Standing Advisory Committee and we have applied for a master use permit with the city.

Fence and Foliage to be Moved Back to Create Better Visibility

Several of our neighbors have mentioned that the construction fence on the corner of 40th Ave NE and NE 45th Street has made it more difficult to see approaching vehicles as they prepare to turn the corner. To help create better visibility we plan to move the fence back roughly 30 feet, running diagonally across the corner.

In addition Jeff Hughes, manager of grounds and sustainability, will work with his staff to trim existing bushes in the area down to a height that will allow anyone approaching the corner in a car to see over the top.  All fence and foliage work is expected to be completed by next Tuesday, November 2.

Hazardous Materials Removal Announcement

We are in the process of removing asbestos from the Laurelon Terrace property. It’s commonly found in insulation, flooring adhesives, and in mechanical areas of buildings of this vintage. The contractor, Performance Abatement Services, Inc., is taking all necessary precautions to ensure safety. This phase of the project should be completed by the end of the year.  At the same time Children’s grounds crews will continue to salvage and relocate plants.

Help Improve Transportation in NE Seattle

Livable Streets WorkshopSeattle Children’s has committed to spend nearly $4 million on transportation improvements in NE Seattle as part of our growth plan and we need your help! We are hosting a Livable Streets Workshop on Saturday, November 13th from 10 am to 2 pm in Gould Hall at the University of Washington.

Come help us envision potential projects that may include:

• Safe biking & walking improvements
• Intelligent Transportation System technology
• Other corridor improvements

While you are there you can pick up a free bike helmet (and fitting) for your kids and learn about bicycle and pedestrian safety.

For more event details, and  list of partners and sponsors please visit:


Click here for a map and directions

The Windmill Palm Stays

Guest Blog by: Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainability Manager at Seattle Children’s
One of my very favorite specimens, a large “windmill palm” (Trachycarpus fortunei) will stay right where it is. This makes me happy! It’s a great tree, very large, with beautiful spiky branches that filter light dramatically. This is a fun, unusual tree to see in the Pacific Northwest, where we’re more acquainted with firs, cedars and pines. The bark of this is amazing; it’s more like a tough fur, actually. I invite people to run their hands through it. (Check it out in the video below).

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Looking Ahead: What Comes Next?

As the fence goes up and the Laurelon Terrace site preparation begins, we know that questions will arise about timing and next steps for our construction. This fall we plan to thoroughly prepare the site for the first phase of construction. We will continue to update you about these efforts as we move through this work.  We will also continue to work on our Master Use Permit (MUP),  other appropriate permit applications and approvals and completion of the state’s Certificate of Need process. Once all of this work is finished, the first phase of construction will begin.  We expect this to happen early in 2011.  Read full post »