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Helicopter Test Flights at Hospital, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5

To prepare for construction of Building Care at the hospital campus, the existing helicopter landing pad (helistop) will be relocated to the top of the Friends of Costco Building (also known as Forest A).

During the first week of October, Airlift Northwest will conduct two test flights to the new helistop location. These test flights will include both landing and takeoff, along with simulation work by Seattle Children’s personnel on the rooftop. In order to receive final approval for the new helistop, one of the test flights must take place at night. The flights will occur on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 5 at noon

The test flights will generate noise as the helicopter lands and takes off.

If everything goes according to plan, the new helistop location on the Forest A rooftop will be activated on Oct. 17 and will be used until Building Care opens in 2022.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.

Asphalt Installation in Lot 4 at Hospital Sept. 27 and Sept. 28

In addition to the pavement sealing and restriping discussed in the Sept. 18 Construction Blog post, crews will also install new asphalt in a portion of Lot 4 (workforce member parking) on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. The asphalt installation will generate some odor and noise between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on those days. This work is weather-dependent, so the dates are subject to change. Contact construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.

Sealing and Restriping in Lot 4 at Hospital Sept. 28 to Oct. 8

Beginning Friday, Sept. 28, crews will begin sealing and restriping portions of Lot 4 (workforce member parking). This work will generate some odor and will be conducted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We expect to complete this project on Monday, Oct. 8, though the work could last longer depending on weather. Contact construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.

Painting Work on Hospital Rooftop Sept. 18 and Sept. 19

On Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, crews will add paint striping on the rooftop of the Friends of Costco Building (also known as Forest A), which will create some odor. Fans will be used to help dissipate the smell. This work will occur from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 with questions.

Monument Sign Installation Sept. 24 in Lot 4 at Hospital

On Monday, Sept. 24, crews will excavate for a monument sign within Lot 4 at the hospital campus. The excavation, which includes drilling and use of a vacuum truck, will create noise for approximately two hours that day within the standard work window of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 if you have questions.

Strike Resolved — Construction to Resume Sept. 10

The labor dispute between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contractors of Washington has been resolved. Seattle Children’s projects that have been delayed by the strike will resume Monday, Sept. 10.

At the hospital, the following work is planned for the week of Sept. 10:

  • Construction of the new Emergency Department (ED) driveway to 40th Avenue, just south of the existing ED driveway. A portion of the sidewalk on the east side of the street will be closed, and no parking will be allowed on either side of 40th Avenue. Signs will be posted for parking closures. The Metro route 65 bus stop will remain open. A temporary walkway will be marked to route pedestrians around the closure. Flaggers will assist with pedestrian and traffic control. We expect this work to be completed by Sept. 15.
  • Removal of the island in the existing ED driveway. The old landscaped island will be paved over. The existing ED driveway will remain open during this work, though flaggers will assist with pedestrian and traffic control. Installation of new asphalt paving will generate some odor. We expect this work to be completed by Sept. 15.
  • Demolition and installation of underground utilities between the hospital and 40th Avenue. This work will take place within the area that has already been fenced off. All building entrances will remain open. This phase of work is expected to last through the end of September.

Construction noise will be generated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.

Delayed Projects Will Resume Immediately Once Strike Ends

The strike by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 against the Associated General Contractors of Washington is ongoing, and as discussed in the Aug. 29 Construction Blog post, it is affecting Seattle Children’s projects. Work that does not rely on members of Local 302 has continued.

It is unclear when the strike will end, but once it does, work will immediately begin on the tasks that have been delayed. At the hospital campus, that includes completing the new Emergency Department (ED) driveway to 40th Avenue and paving the old landscape island in the existing ED driveway. As outlined in the Aug. 6 blog post, this requires temporary closure of a portion of the sidewalk along the east side of 40th Avenue. When this work finally takes place, construction noise will be generated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The installation of new asphalt will generate some odor as well. There will also be no parking allowed on both sides of 40th Avenue while this work occurs.

Because of the uncertainty caused by the strike, we’re providing this information to give you advance notice of these anticipated construction activities. We will post further updates as information becomes available.

As always, please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 if you have questions.

Vegetation Removal on Sept. 5 at Hospital

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, crews will remove some vegetation from the west side of Helen Lane at the hospital. This work will be performed using a boom lift placed in the River parking lot, north of the elevator to the River entrance. Four parking stalls in the River lot will be closed to accommodate the boom lift. Moderate levels of noise will be created from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

Please contact construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 with questions.

Upcoming Work Along Helen Lane and at River Entrance

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, crews will add new striping on Helen Lane at the hospital for traffic and parking control. The striping is expected to take only one day. Initial work will begin at 6 a.m., but construction noise will not be generated until 8 a.m. The new paint will cause some minor odors. This task will be complete by 6 p.m. on Sept. 4.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, construction crews will begin excavating for new sign foundations near the River entrance. This work will include saw cutting and drilling concrete; a vacuum truck will also be used during this stage. Helen Lane and the River entrance will remain open. Flaggers and spotters will be used to assist with vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

The saw cutting, drilling and vacuuming will generate noise, and some minor odors may be created as well. These activities will occur from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6; Friday, Sept. 7; and Monday, Sept. 10. No work associated with the sign foundations will take place on the weekend.

Please contact construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 with questions or concerns.

Union Strike Impacting Seattle Children’s Construction Projects

On Aug. 21, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 went on strike against the Associated General Contractors of Washington. The strike is ongoing and is affecting Seattle Children’s construction sites. This will impact the dates of some tasks listed in previous Construction Blog posts, such as the new driveway to 40th Avenue at the hospital. Once the strike is over, work on the delayed tasks will resume as soon as possible, and we will post updates on the blog once new work dates are defined. In the meantime, work that does not rely on members of Local 302 is continuing. Stay tuned to the Construction Blog for details.