Construction Updates

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City Restrings Traffic Signal at Busy Five-Corners Intersection

The city of Seattle is restringing traffic signal wires at the five-way intersection of NE 45thStreet and Sand Point Way NE, near University Village. The work requires intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, over the next two weeks. Some work will also occur at night.

The wires, which connect 15 different signal heads, had started to droop. After a truck hit one of the wires this spring, the city accelerated plans to reconfigure the wires, poles and signal heads to make the intersection safer.

Please drive carefully, avoid the intersection whenever possible and expect some delays while the city completes this important project.

Crane Starts Early

A mobile crane helping build our new rooftop terrace will swing into action at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, to hoist concrete. The dawn start — scheduled for one day only – is necessary because the concrete supplier begins deliveries early.

The terrace will open this fall atop the Forest Zone adjacent to the Cancer Care Unit. The crane will be on site various days through Sept. 5.

Thanks for your patience as we complete this eagerly awaited improvement.

Progress Report: Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Cath Lab_2_edited Cath Lab_1_edited Cath Lab_3_editedTwo new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization “cath” labs will open late this fall. We’re building the labs in the Mountain zone just outside the former Emergency Department.

Cath labs provide cardiovascular diagnostic services and interventions such as balloon angioplasty, stent placement and other cardiovascular care. The new labs are designed as hybrid spaces where surgical procedures can be performed without needing to transfer patients to an operating room.

New equipment, which won’t fit in the existing space, will emit less radiation. Plus, a new video system will allow the cath lab team to share their work around the world.

This is another in a series of posts describing upcoming construction projects at Seattle Children’s.

Progress Report: Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit

IPU_living_web IPU_RecRoom_webSeattle Children’s is committed to meeting the growing needs of the children and families we serve. Over the next year, we’ll complete a number of important projects to improve and expand our care. This is the first in a series of posts about each project.

We recently started work to expand our Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit to 41 inpatient beds from 20 beds – a much needed increase that will help us better serve our region’s children and families.

Each of the 41 single-patient rooms will accommodate one parent staying with their child. The unit will include a living room, lounge, dining area, classroom, exercise area and recreation room so that patients can easily transition from activity to activity throughout the day.

When work is complete in the spring of 2015, the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit will consist of 16 beds in the existing unit on level four of the River zone and 25 beds on level 5 of the River/Mountain zone. The construction team is working closely with the unit staff, patients and families to ensure everyone is safe and there are no disruptions to patient care during construction.

Thanks for Helping Us Celebrate

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We’re pleased so many of our neighbors joined us on Saturday, June 14, as we  celebrated completing phase one of our Livable Streets Initiative and presented Bike to School Month awards in partnership with the Cascade Bicycle Club. Thanks everyone!

Phase one of the Livable Streets Initiative is the first step in a journey that began in 2010 when Seattle Children’s made a commitment to complete various neighborhood transportation improvements as part of our 20-year master plan. After collecting ideas and comments from the community, we identified and completed five phase one projects. They are:

  • Redesigned intersection with new traffic signal and crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and NE 40th Street.
  • New connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail behind the Hartmann Building.
  • Greenway on 39th Avenue NE.
  • New traffic signal and crossing at NE 52nd Street and Sand Point Way NE.
  • New cycle track/sidewalk along the hospital’s Sand Point Way frontage.

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Rooftop Terrace Construction Starts July 7

Construction begins July 7 on a green and serene addition to the Forest Zone – a rooftop terrace that will open in early fall.

A mobile crane will be on site to hoist materials to the roof from July 11-23, Aug. 4-11, Aug. 29 – Sep. 5.

The terrace, which will adjoin the Cancer Care Unit and the physical therapy gym on level eight, will give inpatients, families, visitors and staff a place to take a stroll or rest and reflect in a garden setting designed to feel like a mountain lookout. 

A pathway of smooth pavers – easily navigable by wheelchairs and IV poles – will meander past mounds of small trees, plants, shrubs and groundcovers selected to provide year-round interest. Wood benches will provide places to sit and a small shelter – the focal point of the terrace – will provide cover and a place to gather.

A glass wind and safety barrier will enclose the 1,200-square-foot terrace. Outside the barrier a meadow of grasses and sedums will add beauty while also reducing stormwater runoff.

This is in the first in a series of posts describing upcoming construction projects at Seattle Children’s.

You May Hear Hammering Saturday

You may hear some hammering on Saturday, June, 21 as workers assemble the structural steel for two new catheterization labs we’re building outside the former emergency department. Work will begin no earlier than 8 a.m. Thanks for your patience.

Concrete Pour Delayed One Day

Workers will pour the concrete slab for two new catheterization labs at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, after rain forced them to postpone a pour scheduled for Friday, June 13. The work may create some truck noise and a concrete boom may be visible. We appreciate your patience while we complete this important task.

It’s A Party and You’re Invited!

Children Riding Bikes On Their Way To School With FatherPlease join us on Saturday, June 14, as we celebrate completing phase one of our Livable Streets Initiative. The fun – incuding free bike helmets and fittings for kids – begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. at the transit hub adjacent to 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way NE across from the hospital.

Metal Cutting Will Create Noise

Installation of a new computer room air conditioner and power distribution unit in the data center at our 70th and Sand Point Way Administration Building will require contractors to cut metal Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13.

The work, which is for the support structure to hold the new equipment, will take place on the east side of the building and generate intermittent noise.

Cutting will not begin until after 9 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.