Construction Blog

CPI Guides Our Quest to Fight Waste

Our vision hasn’t changed in more than 100 years.  We believe all children should grow up free from illness and injury. What has changed is the world around us. Efficiency is more important than ever in today’s health care environment. That’s why Seattle Children’s is one of the first medical centers in the country to apply Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) methods to the delivery of health care – including the design and operation of our Building Hope expansion. Read full post »

Conservation strategies, going the extra mile

Guest Blog with Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director of Transportation & Sustainability

Seattle Children’s is committed to designing, constructing and operating all of our facilities in the most sustainable way we can. As we planned our Building Hope expansion, we went the extra mile to go green.

In my last blog, I shared with you how sustainability drove our choice of building materials. Here are some details about how we’ll conserve natural resources and improve the natural habitat. Read full post »

Healthy Choices Drive Design and Construction

Guest Blog with Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director of  Transportation & Sustainability

Our first priority when we started planning our Building Hope expansion was to create a safe, healing and welcoming environment for patients and families. But we didn’t stop there. We also committed to making the healthiest choices possible in every phase of design and construction – healthy for the building’s occupants, the neighborhood and the planet. Read full post »

Exterior Mock Up Coming Down

With the exterior of our Building Hope expansion complete, it’s time to retire the mock up we built adjacent to the new building.  We’re dismantling the 31-foot tall mock up over the next two weeks. Read full post »

A Tree-mendous Transplant

Here at Seattle Children’s, we have lots of experience performing transplants, but we’ve never worked with a patient weighing 130,000 pounds before. That’s the weight of a scarlet oak tree we moved last week using a crane and a flatbed trailer. Read full post »

Livable Streets Open House June 23

Livable Streets WorkshopCome Participate in the Livable Streets Open House

People of all ages are invited to participate in the open house and several activities just for kids will be provided, including:
• Free bike helmets with complimentary fitting
• Bicycle safety and fun workshop
• Free kids bike safety inspections Read full post »

Elevator work requires Saturday shift

A crew of 20-25 workers will install elevator fronts for our Building Hope expansion from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 2. This is a minimal impact project.  The only evidence of work going on will be the operation of the external elevators.

Questions? Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:

Sellen Construction

Tim McKey

Project Superintendent


Update on the CURVe Apartments

We have a new rendering to share!  Together with our development partner, Security Properties, we are building CURVe, a 184-unit replacement housing project.  CURVe, the Children’s University of Washington Residence Vision was named in part for the curved side street where it will be built.  The site is a University of Washington-owned parking lot at 11th Avenue Northeast just south of Northeast 47th Street. Read full post »

Displaced Trees Head to New Old Digs

After waiting more than a year to sink their roots again, seven trees we salvaged from the Building Hope construction site are returning to their former environs. The trees will be dispersed around the grounds – mostly on the north side of the building. The trees – three quite large – will be prepped for their move from our tree storage area Tuesday, May 29. Over the next two days, a crane will lift them on and off a trailer that will haul them to their new old digs. All work will occur within the construction site and generate little if any noise.


Honoring Memorial Day

Construction crews will take the day off Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.  We share the thoughts of respect and gratitude that this holiday inspires.