Construction Blog

Plant Removal to Begin Next Week as Construction Starts on New Kitchen

IMG_7101Starting next week, the Seattle Children’s Grounds Department will begin removing most of the plants between the Forest Building and 40th Avenue NE, directly adjacent to the Emergency Department drive, as construction begins to create a new kitchen on Forest level L1.

Two trees will also be removed in the next few weeks and replanted by the bike share bicycles near Sand Point Way NE. Some landscaping will remain along the public sidewalk near the construction area.

Exterior work will take place Monday through Friday from Read full post »

PBMU Play Yard and Porch Construction Starts Aug. 3

PBMU Play Yard and PorchSeattle Children’s will start construction on a new play yard and porch for its Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) on Aug. 3. The project is expected to wrap up in early December.

In the first phase, the existing play yard slab will be demolished and the water barrier restored. To minimize noise, workers will use concrete saws to remove the slab. A large tent will enclose the work area to contain dust and to prevent water from entering the building while the ground is exposed. Read full post »

Updates on Space in the Forest Zone

Pediatric Intensive Care UnitOn June 28, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) completed its move to a 16-bed unit on level 5 of the Forest zone. There are now a total of 32 PICU beds, 16 on Forest 5 and 16 on Forest 6.

Next, we are planning for the August 30 move of Medical Unit beds to Forest level 4. When the move is complete, we’ll have a total of 48 Medical Unit beds, 32 on Forest 4, and 16 on Forest 5.

After last weekend’s PICU move, Seattle Children’s now has 371 licensed beds, with 314 beds in operation. After the Medical Unit move is complete, 313 beds will be in operation.

Included here is a sneak peek of this new area.

Vacuum Truck Onsite Tuesday, June 30; Minimal Noise Near Children’s Ambulance Bay Expected

On Tuesday, June 30 starting at 8 a.m., a vacuum truck will be onsite to help with soil work near 40th Ave. NE. This work will result in some noise from the vacuum truck; work is expected to last until approximately 3:30 p.m. Call the construction pager at 206-469-5860 if you have questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience.

Forest Zone Level 4 Window Replacement

On Friday, June 12, a lift will be placed outside the Forest zone, near the oxygen tanks located between the Emergency Department ambulance bay and 40th Avenue NE. The lift will be used on Monday, June 15, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to replace infection control panels with window glass on the exterior of Forest level 4.

A flagger will be present while the lift is in use. Security staff may also be present to ensure that drivers stay a safe distance from the work area. After work is complete, the lift will be moved to a staging area for pickup on Tuesday, June 16.

Call the construction pager at 206-469-5860 if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience.

Update on Restricted Parking Along 40th Ave NE

As an update to our post on May 21 regarding restricted parking along 40th Ave NE, the parking restrictions that were originally scheduled to end on Thursday, May 28 have been extended until Tuesday, June 2, to allow more time to move construction trailers.

We apologize for this delay. If you have any questions, please contact us through the construction pager at 206-469-5860.

Window Replacements on North Side of the Forest Zone

On Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30, Seattle Children’s will install new windows on level 5 of the north side of the Forest zone. The work will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days

While the installation is taking place, flaggers will be on the ground to direct traffic and keep pedestrians clear of the work area. If you have any questions, please contact us through the construction pager line at 206-469-5860. We appreciate your patience as we complete this work.

Restricted parking along 40th Avenue next week

Tomorrow, ‘No Parking’ signs will be installed along 40th Avenue, at 9 a.m. with notification of parking restrictions that will be in place next week. Beginning on Tuesday, May 26 and extending to Thursday, May 28, we will move construction trailers down this street to their new home in the Forest service parking lot.

This trailer mobilization is part of our upcoming build-out of the level 3 Forest Zone. If you have any questions, please contact us through the construction pager at 206-469-5860. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Forest Zone level 3 build out

This June, Seattle Children’s plans to begin build-out of level 3 of the Forest Zone. To accomplish this work, we need to temporarily move offices and staff located on this floor to trailers that will be placed in the Forest Service parking area.

We expect to start moving trailers to the parking area on Tuesday, May 26. The vehicles and trailers currently stored there will be moved to another location. Build-out of the level 3 Forest zone is expected to take about a year.

We appreciate your patience with this temporary arrangement as we continue to renovate our facilities. If you have questions or concerns, please call the construction pager at 206-469-5860.

Seattle Children’s receives top honor from the League of American Bicyclists

bike awardIn acknowledgement of our efforts in sustainable transportation and encouraging more widespread bicycle use, Seattle Children’s was recently recognized with the League of American Bicyclists highest honor, the Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business award. With the platinum designation, Seattle Children’s becomes one of just 22 organizations across the nation to receive the prestigious award.

The Bicycle Friendly Business awards program recognizes organizations for their efforts at being bicycle-friendly and are based on four essential elements which include engineering, education, encouragement, and evaluation & planning.

Seattle Children’s is delighted with this honor. As an organization, we promote bicycling because we believe it’s good for the health of our patients, staff, community and the planet. Our staff have access to free commuter bicycles and we provide one of the only on-site staff bicycle service centers in the nation. We helped launch Seattle’s bike share system by serving as its first business sponsor and encourage bicycling by incentivizing staff when they do not use cars for commuting.

We look forward to supporting further initiatives at Seattle Children’s and throughout the city that foster more bicycling in the community.