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Archive for December 2013

Brief Closure for Hartmann Driveway

The north driveway of the Hartmann Building parking lot will be closed for approximately four hours on Thursday, Dec. 26, while a broken water line is repaired. The exact hours of the closure aren’t set yet, but a flagger will be present during the closure to direct traffic to the south driveway. The repairs also require the  water to be shut off at the Hartmann Building on Friday, Dec. 27, between 6-8 a.m.

Construction on a new connection to the Burke Gilman Trail immediately west of the Hartmann Building will resume on Thursday, Dec. 26, after a two-day stoppage for the holidays. Continue to check the Construction Blog for future project updates.

Building Hope Awarded LEED Gold

Our Building Hope expansion – known as the Forest Zone –has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in recognition of the building’s sustainable design and construction. 

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Gold is the second highest of four certifications the USGBC awards – a challenging level for healthcare facilities to achieve because of their high energy and water use.

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Trail Project Off and Running

BGT - phase 1 Dec 2013Work started Monday, Dec. 2, to create a new connection to the Burke Gilman Trail. The project’s general contractor, Sellen Construction, is putting up temporary fencing and taking over a portion of the Hartmann Building parking lot in preparation for constructing the new link.

The new connection will traverse the Hartmann property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital.

Work will take place between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays only – no weekends or holidays. No noisy machinery will operate between 7-8 a.m. Construction will cause only minimal traffic disruptions because most work will be staged from the rear of the Hartmann property. The trail will remain open during all phases of construction. 

The project is expected to be completed early next year. Continue to check the Construction Blog for future project updates.

Trench Drain Will Keep Feet Dry

The rainy season is here and when the sky opens, the parking stalls on Level 6 of the Ocean parking garage puddle up. To spare patient families and other visitors from stepping into standing water, we’re creating a trench drain  just south of the garage entrance to carry away runoff.

 Work begins Nov. 11 and will take one to two weeks to complete.  All work will occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The garage entrance will remain open throughout the project.

 The project involves cutting a 140-foot long channel through the concrete parking surface and covering it with a grate. Cutting and removing the concrete will produce a large amount of noise.

 We appreciate your patience while we make this important improvement.

Preparations For Trail Construction Begin Soon

BGT Hartmann Plan Nov 2013IMG_5919IMG_5917IMG_5916IMG_5909IMG_5915Work to build a new connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail starts in November when the project’s general contractor, Sellen Construction, begins making preparations for construction. The prep work includes installing temporary fences and taking over a portion of the Hartmann Building parking lot.

Most work will be staged from the rear of the Hartmann property, creating minimal traffic disruptions, and the trail will remain open during all phases of construction.

When completed early next year, the new trail connection will traverse the Hartmann Building property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE & 40th Ave NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital to Penny Drive.

The project involves grading and paving, building fences and retaining walls, and installing signage and landscaping. Work will take place on weekdays only – no weekends or holidays – between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. No noisy machinery will operate between 7-8 a.m.

Continue to check the Construction Blog for future project updates.

Burke-Gilman Trail Link Gets Green Light

Burke-Gilman TrailGetting to the Burke-Gilman Trail is about to get easier and safer for Seattle Children’s neighbors, visitors and staff. After receiving final approval from the Department of Planning and Development at the city of Seattle, we’re ready to start building a new connection to the trail.

The ADA-compliant link will traverse the Hartmann Building property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital. Read full post »

Apartments Will Expand Housing Choices

Rendering_FINALS_UPDATEPicture 096 Picture 102Seattle Children’s and two partners broke ground Oct. 1 on the Bridges@11th Apartments, a unique residential community that will expand workforce housing choices in Northeast Seattle when it opens in 2015.

Bridges@11th is a collaboration between Children’s, the University of Washington and developer Security Properties. Located in the University District at 4529-4557 11th Ave. NE, the project consists of three buildings containing 184 apartments ranging in size from studios up to three-bedrooms. Read full post »

Building Hope Receives Award of Excellence

BH exterior croppedFive months after opening its doors, our Building Hope expansion is back in the news. Modern Healthcare magazine gave the facility a Design Award of Excellence – the top honor in the magazine’s annual design competition.

The competition’s 76 entries were judged on design excellence, functional utility, flexibility and response to patients and families. The only other entry to receive an Award of Excellence in this year’s competition was Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. 

Designed by ZGF Architects, the Building Hope expansion provides cancer care, critical care and emergency care. “The award is an honor for us, but more importantly, it’s a direct reflection of Seattle Children’s commitment to innovation, good design and building a hospital for the future,” said Anita Rossen, associate partner with ZGF.

 

We’re Getting More Fiber

Fiber optic cable postWork started yesterday, Sept. 12, to bury fiber optic cable along portions of NE 50th Street and 44th Avenue NE as we build a computer network linking servers at Seattle Children’s with backup servers in Quincy, Wash.

A trench is being dug along the south median of 50th between the sidewalk and the curb starting at Sand Point Way NE and extending east to 44th Avenue. From there it will extend 150 feet south along the west side of 44th Avenue to the first utility pole.

The streets will remain open to vehicular traffic, but sidewalks will be closed within 50 feet of the work and there is no parking on the side of the street where the work is occurring. The work should take two or three days. Thanks for your patience as we complete this important project.

Penny Drive Work Wrapping Up

Penny Drive and Sand Point Way NESafety improvements to Penny Drive are nearly finished. The final step will occur this Sunday, Sept. 8, when workers restripe the crosswalks with a reflective white compound. Prep work, including some grinding, will begin around 1 p.m. Restriping will begin around 5 p.m. and be completed early Monday morning.

The equipment used to apply the compound will generate a small amount of noise – measured at 85 to 90 decibels right at the machine. Two security officers will help with traffic control and address any other issues that arise.

We appreciate your patience while we complete this important project. For any questions or comments, please call 206-987-2030.

This work is a completion of the Penny Drive project.