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Thanks for Helping Us Celebrate

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We’re pleased so many of our neighbors joined us on Saturday, June 14, as we  celebrated completing phase one of our Livable Streets Initiative and presented Bike to School Month awards in partnership with the Cascade Bicycle Club. Thanks everyone!

Phase one of the Livable Streets Initiative is the first step in a journey that began in 2010 when Seattle Children’s made a commitment to complete various neighborhood transportation improvements as part of our 20-year master plan. After collecting ideas and comments from the community, we identified and completed five phase one projects. They are:

  • Redesigned intersection with new traffic signal and crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and NE 40th Street.
  • New connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail behind the Hartmann Building.
  • Greenway on 39th Avenue NE.
  • New traffic signal and crossing at NE 52nd Street and Sand Point Way NE.
  • New cycle track/sidewalk along the hospital’s Sand Point Way frontage.

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Rooftop Terrace Construction Starts July 7

Construction begins July 7 on a green and serene addition to the Forest Zone – a rooftop terrace that will open in early fall.

A mobile crane will be on site to hoist materials to the roof from July 11-23, Aug. 4-11, Aug. 29 – Sep. 5.

The terrace, which will adjoin the Cancer Care Unit and the physical therapy gym on level eight, will give inpatients, families, visitors and staff a place to take a stroll or rest and reflect in a garden setting designed to feel like a mountain lookout. 

A pathway of smooth pavers – easily navigable by wheelchairs and IV poles – will meander past mounds of small trees, plants, shrubs and groundcovers selected to provide year-round interest. Wood benches will provide places to sit and a small shelter – the focal point of the terrace – will provide cover and a place to gather.

A glass wind and safety barrier will enclose the 1,200-square-foot terrace. Outside the barrier a meadow of grasses and sedums will add beauty while also reducing stormwater runoff.

This is in the first in a series of posts describing upcoming construction projects at Seattle Children’s.

You May Hear Hammering Saturday

You may hear some hammering on Saturday, June, 21 as workers assemble the structural steel for two new catheterization labs we’re building outside the former emergency department. Work will begin no earlier than 8 a.m. Thanks for your patience.

Concrete Pour Delayed One Day

Workers will pour the concrete slab for two new catheterization labs at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, after rain forced them to postpone a pour scheduled for Friday, June 13. The work may create some truck noise and a concrete boom may be visible. We appreciate your patience while we complete this important task.

It’s A Party and You’re Invited!

Children Riding Bikes On Their Way To School With FatherPlease join us on Saturday, June 14, as we celebrate completing phase one of our Livable Streets Initiative. The fun – incuding free bike helmets and fittings for kids – begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. at the transit hub adjacent to 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way NE across from the hospital.

Metal Cutting Will Create Noise

Installation of a new computer room air conditioner and power distribution unit in the data center at our 70th and Sand Point Way Administration Building will require contractors to cut metal Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13.

The work, which is for the support structure to hold the new equipment, will take place on the east side of the building and generate intermittent noise.

Cutting will not begin until after 9 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Concrete Pour Begins at 6 a.m.

We’re pouring the concrete slab for two new catheterization labs at 6 a.m. on Friday, June 13. The early start is needed because it will take more than 10 hours to pour and finish the slab.

The state-of-the-art cath labs – where heart catheterization, stent placement and other cardiovascular care is provided – are being built outside the former emergency department.

The work may create some truck noise and a concrete boom may be visible. We appreciate your patience while we complete this important task.

Join The Celebration on June 14th

The fastest cyclist iStock_000008818176MediumSeattle Children’s is celebrating the completion of phase one of the hospital’s Livable Streets Initiative and you’re invited to join the fun at the transit hub adjacent to 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way NE across from the hospital.

Activities run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and include:

  • A bike rodeo and free helmets and fittings for kids
  • Bike to School Awards presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club
  • Foot and bike tours of the completed Livable Streets Initiative projects such as the new greenway on 39th Avenue Northeast and new connection to the Burke Gilman Trail

The Livable Streets Initiative is part of a commitment we made to complete various neighborhood transportation improvements when we submitted our 20-year master plan and began our expansion.

 

Can You Hear That?

Some roto-hammering will take place on May 12th – May 16th from 2 p.m. until about 7 p.m. in the center of Children’s main campus.  A rotary hammer is an electric boring tool that cuts very hard materials. It’s likely you won’t hear anything, but in case you do, we wanted to let you know what the noise is.  Please feel free to call us if you have questions or concerns at 206-987-8000.

Interior Work Will Create Exterior Activity

We’re busy preparing to remodel spaces we moved out of last spring, building a new catheterization lab for cardiac patients, adding a rooftop garden terrace atop level seven, constructing additional patient rooms on two empty floors in the forest zone and making a number of other improvements around the hospital.

Contractors will return to the hospital in May to complete these important projects within the new building. Although most of the work involves interior spaces, some activity will be visible on the exterior for the next few months.

Expect to see some trucks, shuttles carrying workers, temporary construction fencing and construction cranes. We’ll keep noise and any other disruptions to a minimum. Thanks for your patience while we complete this important work. If you have any questions, please call 206-987-8000.