Archive for December 2021

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

Bus Stop Improvements on NE 45th Street

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 8, through approximately Friday, Sept. 24, work will begin on the NE 45th Street bus stop turnaround. Three new light poles and overhead lighting will be installed at the bus stop near the Ocean Garage. The project will improve lighting and safety at the bus stop. Some minor landscape pruning and plant removals will be required to locate the new lighting.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email with questions.

Upcoming Building Care Construction Activities: Aug. 16 to Aug. 22

There will be ongoing construction activity for Building Care at the hospital campus until the building opens in spring 2022. Seattle Children’s will publish a weekly post on this Construction Blog that outlines the work expected to occur the following week. We will also post to this blog whenever a construction activity will be especially impactful to neighbors.

From Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, construction crews are scheduled to perform the following activities:

  • Build out interior spaces
  • Install soil and mulch
  • Plant landscaping
  • Install irrigation system
  • Install signs
  • Install site furnishings
  • Building connection work:
    • Paint, trim utility wiring, and clean on level 3 of River C
    • Air sampling and move infection prevention barriers on level 1 of Forest A

Construction noise will be generated throughout the week. Expect heavy truck traffic. Construction activity is weather-dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

All work will take place within standard construction hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email with questions.


Roof Work on River Building

Starting July 12 until late August, a roof replacement project on River 7 will require a crane to be located in the walkway between the Forest and River buildings. The crane will be brought in on NE 45th Street via the fire access road between the Forest and River buildings.

Signage will be provided to redirect pedestrians on campus north or south when exiting between the Forest or River buildings. Construction hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Please call 206-987-8000 or email with questions.

Grading and Landscaping Work near NE 45th St and 40th Ave NE

Grading and landscaping work will begin next week to prepare a site that will serve as a garden respite space for patients and families just south of the Friends of Costco building. Some small trees will be relocated within the garden area during this work, but no trees will be removed. The grading and landscaping work is being done in preparation for a wood garden pavilion that will be assembled onsite later this summer or fall. All materials will be brought in via the adjacent footpaths and materials will be staged in the driveway turn around area just south of the Emergency Department entrance on 40th Ave NE.

All work will take place within standard construction hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email with questions.