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Archive for October 2012

Community Welcomes Greenway

With a snip and a snack, Seattle Children’s, the city of Seattle and the Wedgwood community christened the new greenway along 39th Avenue NE on Friday, Oct. 26. After the ribbon was cut and donuts served (thanks, Top Pot!), neighbors formed a bike train and rode up the greenway to Thornton Creek Elementary School. Greenways are residential streets where traffic moves at slower speeds and people feel safer and more comfortable walking and biking. Seattle Children’s funded the improvements needed to create the 39th Avenue greenway through our Livable Streets Initiative. Visit the Cascade Bicycle Club web site for a video of the greenway welcoming.

Click here for more information on our Livable Streets Initiative.

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316

 

Roofing Project Begins Saturday, Oct. 27

We’re replacing the Balloon Building’s roof. Work begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27., when a crane will lift materials onto the roof. The crane, which will be set up in the dietary courtyard, will be removed by the end of the day. Replacing the roof and exterior HVAC ducts will take about three weeks, weather permitting.

Barriers Up, Work Proceeds on Skybridge Connection

Work to connect the Train Building to the Building Hope skybridge proceeds on schedule. Construction barriers are in place on levels 1, 4 and 5, where demolition is underway. Medical gas, fire sprinklers and plumbing will be shut down at scheduled times this week. Within the next two weeks, construction barriers will be up and work will be occurring on each of the five levels that will connect to the skybridge.  Click here for additional information on skybridge work.

 

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316

Re-Striping Penny Drive Taking Place This Wednesday Through Saturday

Re-striping of Penny Drive will begin this Wednesday, Oct 24, through Saturday, Oct. 27 (depending on progress and weather). Work will include grinding off old pavement markings and adding new traffic lines that will move to accommodate a new 5-foot bike lane. Two lanes of traffic should remain open during most of the work; Security Services will be on site to help direct traffic.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Greenway Completion – Oct. 26

We’re celebrating. And you’re invited. The occasion is the completion of a new neighborhood greenway on 39th Avenue NE. Be there when we cut the ribbon on Friday, Oct. 26, at 8:15 a.m. FYI: Top Pot is bringing donuts.

The ribbon cutting takes place at the south end of the greenway where 39th Avenue NE, NE 52nd Street and the Burke Gilman Trail come together. Join neighbors, parents and students after the ceremony as they ride their bikes up the greenway to Thornton Creek Elementary School. Get in the spirit early and wear your Halloween costume. Read full post »

Activity Intensifies as Skybridge Punches Through

The skybridge is coming – and so is some intense construction. Completing the connection between Building Hope and the Train Building will create noise and vibration within parts of the hospital and restrict access to certain areas starting the week of Oct. 22 and lasting for approximately 100 days. Read full post »

Be Careful Out There!

Please remember to use caution when driving, walking or cycling near the Building Hope construction site; obey traffic revision signs and watch for equipment. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to improve the Children’s campus.

 

Questions? Please call:
Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316

Say Hello to PICU East

 

Months of planning, remodeling and moving culminated Monday, Oct. 15, with the opening of a six-bed unit to care for critically ill and injured children. The new PICU East offsets the temporary loss of seven beds in the existing Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) that were displaced by construction of the Building Hope skybridge.

The skybridge connects Building Hope to the Train Building on five levels. As the skybridge punches through, we must close spaces on each level for construction – including a portion of the PICU on level 4. Read full post »

An Exceptional Healing Environment for Cancer Patients

Guest Blog with Susan Geiduschek, Director, Hematology/Oncology & Inpatient SCCA

Children who are fighting for their lives deserve the best – the best treatment, the best medical staff and the best facilities. The Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Seattle Children’s has always provided exceptional care. As we prepare to move into Building Hope next spring, we look forward to providing an exceptional healing environment.

There’s a lot for everyone to be excited about in the new building. Because we’re expanding the cancer unit to 48 beds, every patient will have their own room. That alone is a huge improvement. When patients share a room, it’s more challenging to control infection – and more difficult for families to find the privacy they need. A cancer diagnosis is a long and difficult journey with many different emotional stages. Private rooms will make patients and families feel more comfortable during the highs and lows of this very personal experience. Read full post »

Weekend Update: Pressure Washing and (Possibly) Paving

We’re giving the Whale 4 and 5 parking lots a good scrubbing this weekend. The two lots will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, for pressure washing and remain closed through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Staff members who usually park in the Whale 4 or 5 lots should use lots 3 or 4. Bicyclists who typically use the Whale 5 bike cage should use an alternate bike cage. Extra security staff will provide assistance. Weekend pressure washing will continue at other locations through November. Check this blog for updates.

If the weather remains relatively dry, we’ll also pave Penny Drive this weekend. Demolition and removal of pavement is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Repaving is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Security will direct traffic. Staff who park on the main campus on weekends may experience slight delays entering and exiting parking lots. Read full post »