Construction Blog

Poplar Tree Removal to Begin December 6

For the hospital’s expansion, we’ve been working for almost three years to plan for every plant on the property. Every tree, shrub, and plant has been evaluated and inventoried. We know precisely which ones we’ll be able to move, which will stay where they are, and those that will go to a holding spot for later population of the new landscape. Read full post »

Utility Pole Removal on Sand Point Way NE Nov. 20 -21

A Qwest utility pole which is no longer needed to service the Laurelon Terrace site is scheduled for removal this weekend, November 20 and 21.  Qwest will have flaggers on site for a brief traffic stop while they remove the overhead cable that runs just northwest of 40th Ave NE along Sand Point Way NE.  Following the cable removal there will be a brief traffic closure of the curb lane in the northwest bound Sand Point Way NE traffic while they pull the pole and secure it on a truck.

Right Plant, Right Place: To Move or Not to Move

Guest post by:  Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainability Manager at Seattle Children’s

Moving day is never easy on anyone. The months of prep for a big move, the planning, labor, intricacies of the complex projects involved, stress from the move itself, and adjusting to inevitable changes after a move are tough on people. Change is hard! But, one day at a time, one task after another, we get through it and adjust, and life moves forward . Trees, shrubs and plants are no different. Read full post »

Work on Giraffe Entrance Begins Nov. 18

Construction of a temporary exterior entrance at the Giraffe building is scheduled to begin Thursday, Nov. 18. This work is expected to take about a week to install and we will work around people entering and leaving the building to minimize any disruption.  Read full post »

Livable Streets Workshop Event a Success

Guest Blog by: Paulo Nunes-Ueno,  Transportation Director at Seattle Children’s

We truly appreciate your support this Saturday at the workshop. The event can fairly be described as a smashing success. We received hundreds of comments, gave away dozens of helmets and provided countless Skillz and Thrillz to little ones on trikes, bikes and scooters. Read full post »

Emergency Department Driveway Paving Project

This week we are replacing sections of the driveway between the Emergency Department entrance and the loading dock area. This work will not interrupt access to the Emergency Department for patients and families.  All work is expected to be completed by Nov. 15 and will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our construction hotline at 206-987-7744.

“Pedal with Decision Makers” Bike Ride

Bicycle Alliance of Washington will lead a short ride around NE Seattle neighborhoods immediately following the November 13 Livable Streets Workshop.  Join City Council members Tom Rasmussen, Richard Conlin, Sally Clark, and other invited elected officials and decision makers to visit areas discussed during the workshop.  This is a chance to ride with local officials to review ideas for improvements that can be made to encourage cycling within the community.  Meet at Gould Hall at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. departure.  We will return to Gould Hall by 4 p.m.  Please RSVP to if you plan to join the ride.  In the event of rain, Seattle Children’s will provide a van for a drive-about of the route.

Feet First Walk and Talk this Saturday, November 6

Come join Feet First for a two-hour walk and talk (10 a.m. – noon) this Saturday, November 6. We will be exploring ideas for improving connections to the Burke-Gilman, adding pedestrian signage, improving curb ramps, and making intersections safer.

Feet first will provide the maps, clipboards and cameras. All you need to bring are your ideas. Meet at the Giraffe entrance to Seattle Children’s at 4800 Sand Point Way NE. at 10 a.m.

For more information, please contact Lisa Quinn at Feet First (206.652.2310/

Join us for a Bike & Pedestrian Safety and Free Bike Helmet Event

Seattle Children’s is hosting a Livable Streets Workshop on Saturday, November 13th from 10 am to 2 pm in Gould Hall at the University of Washington.

 Come help us envision potential projects that may include:

• Safe biking & walking improvements
• Intelligent Transportation System technology
• Other corridor improvements

While you are there you can pick up a free bike helmet (and fitting) for your kids and learn about bicycle and pedestrian safety.

For more event details, and  list of partners and sponsors please visit:


Click here for a map and directions

Gas Meter Removal

On Thursday, November 4, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will be removing several  existing gas meters along 40th Ave NE.  Several  PSE trucks will be on site but will not cause any street closures or have any significant neighborhood impacts.  If you have questions or concerns please call our 24-hour message hotline at 206-987-7744.