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Terry Avenue Closed April 28 and 29 for Building Cure Construction Activities

Building Cure reaches a significant milestone April 26 with the placement of the Level 7 columns. Once placed, we’ll have made it to the halfway mark for the above-grade building structure. Including the structural work below grade, 11 floors of building structure have been completed, representing approximately 400,000 square feet of space for Seattle Children’s quest to eliminate childhood disease. Twelve contractors working on-site and across teams have completed more than 225,000 hours of work on Building Cure.

This weekend, crews will place mechanical units onto the second floor of the building. To facilitate their placement, a large mobile crane will be set up on Terry Avenue on April 28 and 29. Work will begin at 8 a.m. each day. Terry Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic, and a detour will be set up to adjacent streets. The sidewalk on the east side of Terry Avenue will be closed to pedestrians. Foot traffic will be diverted to the sidewalk along the west side of Terry Avenue, which will remain open. Please follow the direction of flaggers and detour signage this weekend, as they are in place for your safety.

An Update on Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Downtown Campus Expansion

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is beginning the Master Use Plan (MUP) process for Research Building 4 (RB4), which would be located between Virginia Ave. and Stewart St., adjacent to Boren Ave. The MUP process will begin with Seattle Children’s submitting an Early Design Guidance (EDG) package to the City of Seattle on April 23.

As another key component in our journey to treat, prevent and cure pediatric disease, the building would add approximately 600,000 sq. ft. of research, clinical and administrative space. Next to the institute’s Building Cure facility which is currently under construction and slated to open in 2019, it will be the fourth building owned by Seattle Children’s on our downtown campus.

Construction of RB4 would begin after Building Cure is close to being at space usage capacity. While there is no exact timeframe for when that will occur, we are starting the RB4 MUP process now to plan for our future growth.

Building Cure Construction Is Looking Up

Building Cure reached a significant milestone the week of Jan. 8. Construction crews placed the final zone of the Level 1 slab, completing the below-grade, or below street-level, structure. Since shoring work began in March 2017, crews have placed more than 13,000 cubic yards of concrete and worked over 75,000 hours — all with no recordable safety incidents. The project is tracking on schedule, which is notable given the complexity of the below-grade work.

Construction crews now move to above-grade work, and Building Cure will slowly begin to rise in the Seattle skyline. Sidewalk and street closures are planned to accommodate new construction activities. Pedestrian protection will be installed on the sidewalks along Terry Avenue and Virginia Street throughout January. Terry Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic the weekend of Jan. 20 and 21 for Seattle Public Utilities to make connections to utilities in the street and place vaults in the future sidewalk.

Beginning the week of Jan. 22, contractors will work on Terry Avenue to install the utility connections to the building. Drivers and pedestrians can expect intermittent closures and delays to traffic on Terry Avenue as this work is completed. Please be alert and abide by all street and sidewalk closures for your safety until the areas are complete.

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.