Construction Blog

Pharmacy Drive-Up Closed Until Monday

The pharmacy drive-up lane in the Hartmann Building parking lot will be closed Friday, Sept. 14, so our contractor can pave the lot’s southwest entry. A crew will work Saturday, Sept. 15, to prepare the parking lot for full re-opening – including the pharmacy drive-up and both entries – on Monday, Sept. 17. The work is part of the improvements we’re making to the Hartmann Building frontage on Sand Point Way.

Orange (But Not For Long) Structure Will House Elevator

You may be scratching your head at the unusual orange structure rising from the Building Hope construction site. The structure will house a new site elevator. The elevator will transport people between Building Hope’s inpatient parking area and the existing Giraffe entrance – the front door to the entire hospital. We expect to finish work by the end of October – including covering the current orange exterior with the same zinc panels used on the Building Hope exterior.

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316

Introducing PICU East

 

As we complete the skybridge connecting our Building Hope expansion to rest of the hospital, certain spaces in the existing building must temporarily close as the skybridge is punched through on five levels. That includes part of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) containing seven beds. The problem is we can’t take so many beds out of service – not even temporarily – because the entire region depends on the PICU to care for kids who are fighting for their lives. The solution: move six beds into a new area dubbed PICU East. Read full post »

Entry To Hartmann Parking Lot Switches

Starting Monday, Sept. 10, at 8:30 a.m., vehicles will enter the Hartmann Building parking lot through the northeast driveway, which had been closed. The southwest driveway will then close and re-open on Monday, Sept. 17. We needed to temporarily close each of the two driveways to complete paving work as we improve the Hartmann Building’s frontage along Sand Point Way with a new sidewalk, retaining wall and landscaping.

Flaggers will continue to assist drivers and keep the area safe for patients, visitors and staff during construction. In addition, the contractor has created a route to accommodate pharmacy customers using the drive-up window. We appreciate your patience during this project.

 

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316

 

 

Waldo Shares Back to School Advice

Lunch box? Check. Backpack? Check. Paper, ruler, pencils and pens? Check, check, check, check. It’s back to school time, Waldo fans!

My friend Brian Ross knows a lot about how to get ready for school and about all the things Children’s does to help kids learn while they’re in the hospital. Brian is the educational services manager at Children’s. That’s kind of like being the principal. Read full post »

Sidewalk Closure Near Shuttle Loading Zone at Main Campus

Due to the Building Hope construction on the west side of Helen Lane, the sidewalk is closed from the shuttle loading zone to Penny Drive. Pedestrians should use the new east sidewalk to enter or leave Giraffe Circle by walking in front of the short-term/accessible parking stalls. To avoid confusion and for your safety, please stay on the new sidewalk and do not walk in the street on Helen Lane. To ease congestion, the Giraffe Circle should be limited to shuttles and patient families only. All others should use the Airplane or Whale entrances at all times. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 21.

 

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316

Honesty and Understanding Aid Cancer Fight

Cancer isn’t something that only happens to other people. I know because it happened to me. My name is Emma. I’m 19 and live in Seattle with my family. This fall, I’m beginning culinary classes at Seattle Central Community College, but four years ago, I was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

Construction Fence Coming Down

We’re beginning to remove Building Hope’s plywood construction fence and replace it with chain link fencing. The new fencing will sit closer to the sidewalk so grading and landscaping can begin. We’re storing the panels from the old fence for future projects. With the plywood panels gone, the construction site is more visible – and more of a distraction. Please be careful when walking and driving around the site.

 

 

 

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316

Color Us Grateful

Sellen Construction and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF) are more than designers and contractors. Throughout their involvement in planning and constructing Building Hope, they’ve gone above and beyond to support Seattle Children’s mission. They recently created a fanciful Building Hope coloring sheet that we’re giving to our patients. We’re also making the coloring sheet available for children to download at home. Three cheers for Sellen and ZGF and their ongoing kindness to kids.

Building Hope Coloring Sheet

 

Hartmann Makeover Makes Progress

Extreme Makeover: Hartmann Building Frontage Edition is rolling. The hardscape portion of the project – a new sidewalk, curbs, gutters, drive aprons and rock wall – should be complete by the second week of September.

Look for landscaping work to start the first week of September. This includes prepping the soil, installing sprinklers and planting – or in many cases replanting –  trees, shrubs and other vegetation.  Some of the plants were salvaged from the Hartmann frontage before the makeover began. Others were salvaged from the Laurelon Terrace site or propagated elsewhere on our campus.  Read full post »