Archive for February 2023

Tree Work at the Hospital Campus Feb. 22 to 24

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, through Friday, Feb. 24,  Bartlett Tree Experts will prune a number of trees throughout Seattle Children’s hospital campus. Work includes pruning for light, vehicle, and signage clearance, removal of dead limbs, two weed trees, and two failing trees, and structural pruning to reduce future issues. The majority of work will be completed from within campus, with the exception of some pruning along the sidewalk of NE 40th St, near the intersection with Sand Point Way NE. Neighbors may hear noise from chainsaws and chippers between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.

Boilers At Hospital Switching to Diesel

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) notified Seattle Children’s (along with other large institutions in the area) that we must reduce our natural gas usage until further notice while emergency repairs are made to the regional gas system. Boilers at the hospital campus will switch to diesel fuel this afternoon until Children’s is advised that we can switch back to natural gas. The boilers are critical for heating the hospital and powering steam production for sterile supplies. Nearby neighbors and workforce members may temporarily see and smell diesel fumes coming from the hospital during this time. For any questions or concerns, please contact

Helipad Moves to Forest B on Nov. 29

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the new helipad on top of Forest B will go-live. Forest B is the new permanent location of the helipad at the hospital campus. For any questions or concerns, please contact

Sidewalk Work Next Week at Hospital and 70th

The week of Sept. 26 several projects will be happening to improve sidewalks and gravel paths at the hospital campus and 70th & Sand Point Way building. Starting Monday, Sept. 26, Pacific Earthworks will be improving the gravel pathway in the pocket park at the southwest corner of the hospital campus (40th Ave NE & NE 45th St). A power buggie will be used to move gravel and other supplies; pathways will be closed intermittently during this work.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Precision Concrete Cutting will be onsite at the hospital to perform sidewalk repairs in several locations on the interior pathways on the south side of the hospital property. Crews are expected to work between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., noise from generators and equipment may be heard nearby.

When finished at the hospital campus on Tuesday, the crew will move to the 70th & Sand Point Way building (6901 Sand Point Way) to complete repairs to the interior pathway off of 70th. This work is expected to begin around noon and take approximately two hours to complete. Work is weather permitting and may be rescheduled in the case of rain.

Tree Maintenance Work around Ocean, Mountain and Springbrook

Starting Monday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 15, there will be tree work on the hospital campus between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. that will primarily affect the Ocean and Mountain buildings as well as the Springbrook property. Tree pruning around Ocean and Mountain will occur Monday and Tuesday with no impacts to staff or visitor parking but will create some noise from chainsaws and clippers. The removal of hazardous trees that were damaged in a recent storm at Springbrook and near Ocean garage will occur on Wednesday with similar noise impacts. For questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, Manager of Grounds Maintenance.

Drone Photography at the Hospital Campus Dec. 13 to Dec. 17

As part of a Facilities Conditions Assessment (FCA) project, drones will be capturing photographs of the hospital campus the week of Dec. 13.  The purpose of the FCA project is to complete a thorough mechanical, electrical and architectural assessment of hospital campus.

Drones, along with some digital cameras, will be capturing photographs and thermal imaging of all the hospital campus buildings. The thermal imaging must be done during the wintertime to best capture the heat loss of the buildings; however, this work is weather dependent and may have to be rescheduled in the case of heavy rain.

Images will capture the roofs and all the exterior walls of the buildings. The drones will be traveling up and down the outside walls and outside windows. Neighbors may briefly see the drones above the hospital or adjacent to buildings at times during this work. We don’t expect any noise issues. The drone work will be coordinated with the helicopter landings.

For any questions or concerns, please call 206-987-8000 or email

Generators at Mountain Loading Dock Nov. 19 to Nov. 22

Due to a planned temporary electrical shutdown, large generators will be placed at the Mountain Loading dock restricting access from Nov. 19, at 12:30 p.m. through Nov. 21, at 4:00 p.m. The generators will run overnight on Saturday Nov. 20 and are not expected to be noisy for neighbors. For any questions or concerns, please call 206-987-8000 or email


Potential Union Picketers at Seattle Children’s Hospital Campus

The Northwest Carpenters Union (NCU) has given notice of its intent to strike. If the strike happens, union members may begin picketing outside the Building Care construction site at Seattle Children’s Hospital campus as early as Thursday, Sept. 16, and may also picket outside the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Othello construction site.

We are hopeful the union will reach an agreement that can avoid a strike. However, we wanted to make our neighbors aware of the possibility of picketers should a strike occur.

If a strike does take place, work on Building Care that does not rely on members of NCU will continue.

Please email or call 206-987-8000 if you have questions.

Tree Work at 70th and Sand Point Way Sept. 2

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Bartlett Tree Experts will remove dead and hazardous trees on Seattle Children’s property at NE 70th Street and Sand Point Way NE. Most of the trees are located within the property’s interior, but a few are located near the perimeter in the following locations:

  • The south side of NE 70th Street between the Burke-Gilman Trail and Seattle Children’s 70th Street driveway
  • The southwest corner of the NE 70th Street and Sand Point Way NE intersection (the northeast corner of the property)
  • The west side of Sand Point Way NE north of Seattle Children’s Sand Point Way driveway

Two street parking spaces on the south side of NE 70th Street will be coned off during this work. Two-way traffic will be maintained on all streets. The crew will use chainsaws and chippers, which will generate noise. This tree work is scheduled to take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.

Renovations Begin at 70th and Sand Point Way in early September

Starting Tuesday September 7, renovations will begin on the 70th and Sand Point Way building to prepare the second floor (upper floor) to become the new home to the Autism Clinic and Outpatient Behavioral Health program. Renovations are anticipated to take about a year to complete and the new clinic space is expected to open in late 2022 or early 2023.

For the first six weeks of work, demolition activities will occur inside of the building between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. weekdays.  At 8:00 a.m., crews will move to working outside of the building until around 12:00 p.m.  After the first 6 weeks, construction is expected to occur weekdays between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. until the middle of next year (2022).

The majority of the work will be confined to the interior of the building, with the exception of a playground renovation that will happen later in the project. Neighbors may hear some noise on the exterior of the building from debris removal during demolition and crews will be sure to limit noisy activity until after 8:00 a.m.

Some parking changes will be in place for staff and visitors, please follow all posted signage when visiting the building. Staff are not allowed to park on neighborhood streets and Seattle Children’s security will continue to monitor to ensure staff are complying with our parking policies.

For any questions, call 206-987-8000 or email