Construction Blog

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.



Saturday work will complete repaving project

We will install a final layer of pavement in parking lot four starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 26. The work will generate some noise as well as some odors. This will complete a repaving project that enables us to move the gate serving parking lot four on the northeast corner of our campus.


Building Hope and the Fight against Cancer

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) comprise a significant population of patients receiving cancer treatment at Seattle Children’s. About a fourth of the patients treated in our inpatient unit are age 15 and older. Research shows that, for certain kinds of cancer, AYAs have dramatic improvements in long-term survival when they are treated on pediatric treatment protocols at a pediatric hospital.

When the new building opens in 2013, the cancer program will move into a larger 48-bed unit on the upper two floors. The top floor of the building will be a dedicated floor for AYAs. No other hospital in the United States currently offers a dedicated inpatient unit of this size for the care of AYAs with cancer. The new facility will advance the delivery of age-appropriate cancer care, provide a setting for new and groundbreaking social programming, and greatly facilitate research aimed at improving psychosocial outcomes for this patient population.

For more information about the making of this video and about the AYA program visit our On the Pulse blog.


Pagasa packing up after job well done

Our Building Hope team is about to lose its tallest, strongest and hardest working player. Pagasa, the 244-foot tall construction crane, is coming down May 24 after spending the last year hoisting heavy loads of building materials into the sky. A mobile crane will arrive May 23 to assist in the dismantling, which is expected to take two days. Read full post »

Saturday work will prevent delay in tower crane’s removal

A crew of about 20 people will be working on the exterior of our Building Hope expansion this Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The weekend shift is necessary in order to attach the glass fins to the building’s cladding before the Fraco lifts are completely dismantled. Read full post »