Archive for August 2014

Early Morning Concrete Pour Moved to August 27

We moved the date of a 6 a.m. concrete pour to Wednesday, Aug. 27, because there weren’t enough concrete finishers available on the original date.

The concrete will form the pad for a new bike share station we’re building near the Sand Point Way NE bus stop in front of Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

Concrete Pour Begins at 6 a.m.

Bike Share post photo

Work begins on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to build a new bike share station near the Sand Point Way NE bus stop in front of Seattle Children’s. Pouring the concrete pad will require a 6 a.m. start on Aug. 19 only because concrete deliveries start early. Normal work hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through the end of the month.

All work will be staged from Phil Smart Sr. Way within the hospital campus. The bike share station is part of a citywide bike share program. When complete, the Seattle Children’s station will make available up to 26 bicycles for staff, visitors and neighbors to rent.

We’re excited to bring this program to our neighborhood and we appreciate your patience during construction.

Truck Deliveries Begin Friday

Trucks will begin delivering supplies and equipment this Friday for construction occurring within the Forest and River zones. The deliveries will take place along NE 45th Street on a regular basis through May 2015.

The trucks will unload from the walking/biking lane (often referred to as the fire lane), which will be closed so trucks can safely park. Trucks will back in to unload. Please drive carefully when traveling past. We appreciate your patience and caution during the coming months.

Progress Report: Building Out the Forest Zone

Seattle Children's HospitalWhen the Forest zone opened in spring 2013, we left some spaces vacant to meet future needs. We recently started construction on 32 new acute care rooms on level four of the Forest zone and 32 new intensive carerooms (16 to be occupied upon completion) on level five.

All of the new rooms are designed the same way as the Forest zone’s current rooms, which provide a morecomfortable environment for parents to remain with their child and a more efficient environment for caregivers to meet patient needs.  In addition, the new intensive care rooms will enable us to treat all of our intensive care patients – except neonatal patients – inthe newest building with the newest technology.

We will finish construction on both floors in summer 2015.  Patients from existing spaces in the River zone will then move to the new spaces in the Forest zone.After they move, we will renovate the spaces vacated in the River zone and reopen them for patient care.

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

City Restrings Traffic Signal at Busy Five-Corners Intersection

The city of Seattle is restringing traffic signal wires at the five-way intersection of NE 45thStreet and Sand Point Way NE, near University Village. The work requires intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, over the next two weeks. Some work will also occur at night.

The wires, which connect 15 different signal heads, had started to droop. After a truck hit one of the wires this spring, the city accelerated plans to reconfigure the wires, poles and signal heads to make the intersection safer.

Please drive carefully, avoid the intersection whenever possible and expect some delays while the city completes this important project.