Archive for November 2012

Dark Days Demand Caution

The winter solstice – when the days finally stop growing shorter and darker — is Dec 21. That’s the good news. The bad news is daylight will remain in short supply – and visibility reduced – for many weeks. As work continues on our Building Hope expansion, please keep a close eye out for flaggers and traffic revision signs when traveling near the construction site. Thanks!

 

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

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

New Model Will Improve ED Flow

Nobody looks forward to visiting the Emergency Department, but when the need arises, families deserve a safe, timely and welcoming experience. Seattle Children’s will raise the bar this spring when our ED moves into the first floor of Building Hope.

The new ED increases capacity, expands the size of patient rooms and arranges the rooms around central work stations that improve staff visibility, teamwork and communication. But the physical changes are just the beginning. After years of planning and with input from families and staff, we’re improving the way patients and families flow through the ED and how caregivers respond to their needs. Read full post »

A Day to be Thankful

 

As families across the country gather to feast and give thanks, we’re thankful for the community’s support of our Building Hope expansion and the opportunity to care for more children. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Seattle Children’s.

Be Careful! It’s Monsoon Season

November is Seattle’s rainiest month of the year. Slick pavement, standing water and limited visibility make driving, cycling and walking hazardous. With rain falling in record amounts, please remain alert and be sure to obey all traffic revision signs and flaggers when traveling the streets surrounding our Building Hope construction site. We appreciate your caution and patience as we expand to meet the needs of the community.

 

Questions? Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

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

Murals Add Comforting Touch

Building Hope is first and foremost a place of healing, but it’s also a canvas for artists to help us create a comforting and welcoming environment. As workers begin to put the finishing touches on the building, we’re pleased to share another example of the art featured throughout the facility.

Lab Partners of Oakland, California designed a series of wall murals for the elevator banks on each floor. The soothing scenes in their woodland designs take their cue from our new wayfinding system that divides our campus into four nature-inspired zones. Building Hope is in the Forest Zone.


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Signal Work Triggers Lane Closures

Motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures on Friday, Nov. 16, and Monday, Nov. 19, on northbound Sand Point Way NE approaching Penny Drive. A crew will be cutting the roadway and installing detectors that alert the traffic signal a vehicle is present in the left turn lane so the light will change. Although the work will restrict traffic, the road will remain open throughout the project.

Cutting will take place Friday. The left turn lane on Sand Point Way NE will be closed from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The inside lane will be closed from 12-2 p.m. and traffic will be diverted to the curb lane. The curb lane will be closed from 2-4 p.m. and traffic will be diverted to the inside lane. The detectors will be installed Monday. Lane closures will occur in the same progression as on Friday, but for shorter durations.

A police officer will be present both days to assist motorists when the left turn lane is closed and provide other help as needed. We appreciate your patience as we improve traffic safety and flow around our campus.

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

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

GetWell Town Will Brighten Hospital Stays

Children leave a lot behind when they come to the hospital – school, friends and activities. Time drags and they feel bored and isolated. They and their families also have lots of questions about what to expect during their stay. GetWell Town is an interactive media system that uses the bedside TV to inform, educate and entertain patients and their families at the hospital. And it’s coming to Building Hope when the doors open this spring. Read full post »

Waldo Watches Helistop Take Shape

Brrrrr! It’s getting cold outside, Waldo fans, but I just bundle up and keep on trucking because there’s too much to see to stay inside. The other day I watched workers pour the concrete for a new landing place for helicopters.

Most kids come to Seattle Children’s with their parents. Others come in ambulances. A few who are very, very sick or badly hurt come by helicopter because they’re far away and need to get here as soon as possible.

The new landing place – called a helistop – is near the new building that’s under construction. When the new building is finished, the emergency department will move in the first floor. The emergency department is where kids go when they need help right away. The new helipad and a special walkway will make it easy for kids to be taken from the helicopter straight to the new emergency department. Read full post »

Streets Growing Safer to Walk and Pedal

Bike and pedestrian improvements are front and center in our Livable Streets Initiative – a $4 million plan to make Northeast Seattle a safer and more convenient place to travel for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. Two examples are a new sidewalk we completed on the north side of NE 50th Street and a cycletrack we’re building on the east side of Sand Point Way NE. Read full post »

Street Improvement Work Begins Monday, Nov. 5

Street improvement work at the corner of Sand Point Way and Penny Drive will take place the week of Nov. 5. Work includes portions of a new curb, sidewalk and cycle path. Although vehicle traffic should not be impacted, the wheelchair ramp to Helen Lane will be closed Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6. Security personnel will be onsite to help direct pedestrian traffic and assist people in wheelchairs, as needed.

 

Questions? Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

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