Archive for June 2011

Reusing and Recycling Materials From Laurelon Terrace

Hats off to the construction crews who are building an amazing facility where our region’s sickest kids will receive life-saving care, while also helping Seattle Children’s keep our commitment to being good stewards of the environment.

We set – and met – our goal to reuse or recycle 95% of the eligible materials from the Laurelon Terrace site. Here are some details: Read full post »

Garden Tip From Jeff Hughes: Peanut Butter Bushes

Guest blog by Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainabililty Manager at Seattle Children’s 

Look for plants that will bring surprises to your garden –like a “Peanut Butter Bush,” or Clerodendrum trichotomum. 

Shut your eyes, rub the soft, green leaves between your fingers and enjoy the rich, creamy scent of peanut butter! The surprisingly realistic fragrance is a joyful surprise for some, while others can’t even smell it.  Read full post »

Now That’s a LOT of Concrete

It is said that the roots of a tree run deep as the trunk grows tall. While that’s not quite true of a building’s foundation … it can feel pretty darn close.

The highest foundation wall for phase 1 of Building Hope is 38 feet high – that’s roughly as tall as six University of Washington men’s basketball players standing on each others shoulders!

Formwork – some made of metal and some of wood – is used to shape and support the foundation’s walls. These forms come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be adjusted and reused for different types of foundation walls. Read full post »

Work on Foundation Continues This Week

The foundation of Building Hope is the focal point of work during the week of Father’s Day, June 19 to 26, 2011.

Excavation of the building’s foundation areas continues and trucks will be hauling the excess soil offsite later in the week.

Crews continue to install the electrical conduit and plumbing lines that lie beneath the foundation and work continues to create the formwork for the building’s footings and foundation walls. Read full post »

Building Hope is in the News!

Hospital construction in the Puget Sound, including Seattle Children’s Building Hope, is making headlines.

A recent Puget Sound Business Journal article noted that the region’s economy is getting a much-needed boost thanks to significant construction projects at Seattle Children’s, Mutli-Care Health System in Tacoma, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, and several healthcare facilities throughout the area.

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2030: A (Jeff Hughes) Space Odyssey

Guest Blog by Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainability Manager at Seattle Children’s

I have so many hopes for this campus! Twenty years from now, when our Building Hope expansion is complete, I’m hoping that:

a.) I’ll be retired,

b.) we’ll have the greenest, most sustainable hospital in the U.S.

Here are just a few favorites from my wish list … it’s a big list, but I’m hoping we can shoot for it: Read full post »

Children’s Rolls in on Bike-to-Work Month

Seattle Children’s cyclists placed first in two of the six categories tracked by the Group Health Commute Challenge. Children’s fielded more riders than any other organizations in the challenge – even though we have fewer staff members. We also attracted the most new riders and came in second in number of bike-commute trips. What a showing!

We are particularly proud of our showing because Children’s is so much smaller than the other top contestants in the challenge, such as Microsoft, Boeing and the UW. Meanwhile we are happy that Children’s riders rose up to the challenge in such a convincing way. We hope we can continue to increase the number of commuters biking to work at Children’s.

Primary Exit Gate to Close Temporarily

Gate 3, the primary exit gate for the construction site, will close this week as we run the sanitary sewer line near 40th Ave. NE, but not in the street. Vehicles entering and leaving the site will use Gate 2 instead.

Three parking spaces on the west side of 40th Ave. NE will be closed for week to accommodate the change. However, three spaces on the east side of the street will be opened and there will be no net loss of parking on 40th Ave. NE.

If you have any questions, please call 206-987-6197, or email

Meet Walking Waldo: Gary Boyd

Gary Boyd is an ironworker for RPM Steel, one of the companies working with the Sellen Construction team to bring hope – and our new hospital – to life. After learning how much hospital patients and staff enjoyed looking for Waldo, he decided to become a Walking Waldo and add to the fun. We caught up with Gary to find out more. 

Q. Hi Gary, how did you get started as Walking Waldo?

A. After I started on this job, my wife saw the news report about the Where’s Waldo? that moves around the construction and thought it would be fun to get a couple of costumes and have some of the guys wear them while they work.

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