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Dr. Jeff Sperring Climbs Building Cure Tower Crane

Dr. Jeff Sperring, Seattle Children’s chief executive officer, climbed to the top of the Building Cure tower crane on Aug. 23, 2017, to survey construction progress. Located in downtown Seattle at the corner of Stewart Street and Terry Avenue, Building Cure will expand the Seattle Children’s Research Institute campus to help us accomplish more life-changing research that transforms the lives of children and their families.

Building Cure Early Morning Site Activities on Monday, July 17

Large concrete pump trucks will be staged at the Building Cure job site in downtown Seattle to prepare for the second large mat foundation placement on July 17. Concrete trucks are expected between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m., allowing approximately 1,000 cubic yards of concrete to be placed into the foundation before rush hour. Trucks will enter the site from Stewart Street and exit on Virginia Street. Please pay close attention to the flagger’s directions and signage during these activities. Read full post »

Building Cure Early Morning Site Activities the Week of July 3

Large concrete pump trucks will be staged at the Building Cure site in downtown Seattle the afternoon of July 5 to prepare for foundation placement beginning July 6 at 2 a.m. Concrete trucks are expected between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. to pour about 1,000 cubic yards of concrete into the foundation before rush hour. Trucks will enter the site from Stewart Street and exit on Virginia Street. Please pay close attention to flaggers and signage during these activities.

Building Cure will erect its second tower crane on Saturday, July 8. A noise variance is issued for work to begin at 3:30 a.m. Beginning at 7 a.m., tower crane segments will be laid out and stacked into place from the project laydown yard. Two police officers will be onsite to direct traffic. We do not anticipate impacts to pedestrian or vehicular traffic while the tower crane is erected, aside from brief stops to allow loads to enter the jobsite.

The tower crane will be in place for about 16 months and will be used to move materials like formwork for the structure, reinforcing steel, equipment, job boxes for the crews, and other construction support items and activities.

Tower Crane to Be Installed at Building Cure Site on June 18

Building Cure will get its first tower crane on Sunday, June 18. A noise variance was issued for work to begin at 3 a.m., when large excavators and heavy equipment will be removed. Beginning at 7 a.m., tower crane segments will be laid out and stacked into place. Two police officers will be onsite directing traffic. We do not anticipate impacts to pedestrian or vehicular traffic while the tower crane is erected, aside from brief stops to allow loads to enter the jobsite.

The tower crane will be in place for about 14 months and will be used to move materials like formwork for the structure, reinforcing steel, equipment, job boxes for the crews, and other construction support items and activities.

Building Cure Excavation Close to ‘Bottoming Out’

The Building Cure team is making big progress in our excavation activities for the below-grade spaces. About 75% of the total material has been removed. We anticipate a mid-June “bottoming out,” where we reach the elevation for the top of foundations. We’ll then begin excavation activities for each of the foundations. Given the lower volume of material removed for structural excavation work, we’ll be able to transition from night hauling to intermittent day hauling. During day hauling, flaggers will be posted at the entrance and exit to the job site to ensure pedestrian safety as trucks enter and exit the job site. Please follow all sidewalk closure signs and periodic instructions by the flaggers. They are there for your safety!

Truck Activity Along Terry Avenue at Building Cure Site Through March 24

Through Friday, March 24, concrete trucks will enter and exit the Building Cure construction site from Terry Avenue. This allows shoring activities along the west wall to continue. Work should have minimal impact to Terry Avenue as it is a no-parking zone, and the sidewalk along this street currently is closed for construction activities.

We anticipate approximately 20 trucks per day will drive down Terry Avenue during this timeframe. We will run street sweepers to keep Terry Avenue clean and will ensure a flagger is stationed at the corner of Terry and Virginia to assist with safe crossings for the Spruce Street School children during school arrival and departure times.

For concerns or emergency issues regarding this planned work or future construction, please call the Building Cure construction line at 206-219-3157.

Follow Building Cure Construction Progress

Now you can follow construction progress at Building Cure from your desktop or mobile device. A time-lapse camera takes four photos of the site every 20 minutes. View the construction site. Click on the panoramic view icon to see the entire construction site. For a time-lapse video of the construction progress, select one of the views and click on the “Play time-lapse sequence” button near the bottom of the screen.

Traffic and Sidewalk Interruptions on Terry and Virginia Avenues Throughout March

Several Seattle Children’s Research Institute Building Cure construction-related activities that will interrupt traffic and sidewalk flow are slated to take place through the month of March:

  • Week of March 6: Toward the end of this week, the construction crew will be delivering heavy equipment and material onsite to prepare for shoring and mass excavation activities, scheduled to begin on Monday, March 13. Expect increased truck traffic and activity onsite going forward. Flaggers will be stationed at the site entrance on Stewart and Virginia to ensure pedestrian safety as traffic enters and leaves the jobsite.
  • March 13 through March 24: The Virginia Avenue sidewalk will be closed 24 hours a day until Century Link relocation work is complete. Signage and barriers will be provided to ensure pedestrians are diverted from this sidewalk closure.
  • Through March 15: Concrete trucks and pumps will be intermittently stationed on Terry Avenue which could impact sidewalk flow. A flagger will be stationed on Terry Avenue to ensure pedestrian safety during these activities.
  • Beginning March 20: Excavated soils will be removed at night in accordance with City of Seattle Night-Haul Standards. Trucks will be entering and leaving the jobsite from the alley. Flaggers will be stationed at entrances and exits to ensure safe pathway for pedestrians. There should be minimal impact to traffic and sidewalks.

 

We have received a Noise Variance from the City of Seattle for loading and hauling of the excavated materials. If you have any concerns or emergency issues regarding this planned work or future construction, please call our Building Cure construction contact line at 206-219-3157.

Traffic and Sidewalk Interruptions on Terry and Virginia Avenues – Feb. 22 through Mar. 6

Several Building Cure construction-related activities that will interrupt traffic and sidewalk flow are slated to take place now through the beginning of March:

  • Feb. 22 through March 3: Contractors will trench for electrical work near the north end of Terry Avenue between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Expect short, intermittent closures of Terry Avenue while work is in progress.
  • Feb. 27 through March 6: Demolition of a small building on the Building Cure property (1920 Terry Ave.) will take place. Intermittent sidewalk closures should be anticipated between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Flaggers will be stationed on the Terry Avenue sidewalk to ensure pedestrian safety during demolition.
  • Feb. 27 through March 10: The Virginia Avenue sidewalk will be closed 24 hours a day until Century Link relocation work is complete. Signage and barriers will be provided to ensure pedestrians are diverted from this sidewalk closure
  • Feb. 28 through March 15: Concrete trucks and pumps will be intermittently stationed on Terry Avenue supporting the electrical installation from Feb. 28 through sidewalk restoration on March 15. A flagger will be stationed on Terry Avenue to ensure pedestrian safety during these activities.

For your safety, please obey signage and barriers during the sidewalk closures.

Breaking Ground on Building Cure

More than 1,200 community members, students, and faculty and staff attended the Feb. 2 groundbreaking celebration for Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s future Building Cure. Guests also succeeded in a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt for “Most people conducting a DNA isolation experiment simultaneously.” Watch the video.

Located in Seattle’s biotech corridor at 1920 Terry Ave., Building Cure will house a new therapeutic cell processing core called the Cure Factory that will translate lab discoveries into patient treatments, with a focus on cancer immunotherapy and cell therapies for immune conditions such as type 1 diabetes and sickle cell disease.