On Saturday, June 15, construction crews will erect the tower crane that will be used throughout construction of Building Care. We want to make you aware of our safety plans and a few things neighbors can expect to see while the crane is erected and operational.

Safety is foremost on our minds. Seattle Children’s and Sellen, our general contractor, have a rigorous safety plan for erection, operation, and dismantling of the tower crane. A group of third-party inspectors will be on-site as the crane is erected to ensure compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

A mobile crane will be used to erect the tower crane. The mobile crane will arrive at the site on Friday, June 14 and will leave on Sunday, June 16.

Sellen has obtained a noise variance from the City of Seattle that allows work to occur beyond standard construction hours on the following days:

  • Saturday, June 15 from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 16 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The tower crane’s horizontal swing arm (jib) will be long enough to extend over 40th Avenue NE, Sand Point Way NE and portions of the River and Forest A buildings; the jib will not extend over any neighboring properties. The crane will not carry loads over the public streets, therefore pedestrians and drivers don’t need to take any additional precautions while using Sand Point Way or 40th Avenue.

When the crane is carrying heavy loads, it may visibly “flex.” Likewise, when the crane is not in use, the jib will be allowed to move with the wind. Both of these actions are normal and no cause for alarm.

If you have questions, please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org.