As they wrap up steel erection work, Seattle Children’s would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Ironworkers Local 86 for going above and beyond their jobs and making construction of the Building Hope expansion such a fun and memorable experience for our patients, their families and our staff.
For weeks everyone enjoyed watching the ironworkers spray paint names of Children’s patients on steel beams. Then, in October, Seattle Children’s staff, board members and donors, along with members of Sellen Construction, Ironworkers Local 86 and The Erection Company (TEC), celebrated the “topping out” together. Kids also had fun participating in the contest to design the “topping out” T-shirt for the crew, and Children’s received an unexpected gift when ironworkers brought 400 of their traditional end-of-project T-shirts that say “I’m on the Beam” to the hospital to distribute to patients.
“We’re grateful to the ironworkers for helping make our patients’ and families’ lives just a little bit better, and their stays at the hospital a little bit more fun,” says Todd Johnson, vice president of Facilities. “What started out as a simple gesture to one patient family became something that touched many people’s lives.”
Although the beams will soon be covered up and names are no longer being added, the ironworkers’ contribution to patients, families and staff will always be part of the Building Hope project.
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