A guest blog from Todd Johnson, VP Facilities at Seattle Children’s

It’s exciting to see the progress at the current hospital expansion site. To date, the team has removed 5,333 tons of material from the construction grounds and diverted over 5,090 tons of material from going to a landfill. A key part of this effort is ‘being green’ and following sustainable practices while striving to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status, a well-known green building rating.

We are happy to report that Children’s is currently just over our goal of diverting 95% of all waste from the former buildings to facilities that can recycle the wood, metal, brick and concrete extracted from the site. Within the next two weeks, the last of the Laurelon Terrace building materials will be removed to create room to build. This is a significant step in the ground preparation which will soon include excavation, grading and more clearing of the land.


November 2010

February 2011

Arial photos show how far the team has come with site preparations over the last few months.