Archive for December 2018

Upcoming Building Care Construction Activities: Dec. 17 to Dec. 23

Building Care construction is underway. From now until building opening in Spring 2022, there will be ongoing construction activity at the hospital campus. 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 Dec. 17 to Dec. 23, construction crews are scheduled to perform the following activities:

  • Install black mesh screening on the construction fence
  • Place asphalt for temporary construction roads and around a relocated tree island within the site (asphalt placement is weather-dependent)
  • Set up steel containment tanks for water treatment
  • Remove existing stone
  • Sawcut concrete footings
  • Install framing support steel and a temporary dust containment wall for the Emergency Department canopy
  • Form and pour concrete curbs, footings, and walkways
  • Install prefabricated vestibule panels at the Forest A staff entrance
  • Utilities: clearing and grubbing; install sewer and stormwater pipes; set catch basins
  • Demolish existing concrete stairs and footings
  • Excavate and run conduit for temporary power

While construction noise will be generated throughout the week, the noisiest work will be the demolition, which is scheduled to take place from Dec. 20 to Dec. 28. The asphalt placement is scheduled for Dec. 17 and Dec. 20 and will create some odor; please note the asphalt placement depends on the weather, so the dates listed here are subject to change.

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. Work will not occur on Sunday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Upcoming Building Care Construction Activities: Dec. 10 to Dec. 16

The Building Care construction site is being fenced, and construction is underway. From now until project completion, which should take approximately three years, there will be ongoing construction activity. In general, Seattle Children’s will publish a weekly post on this Construction Blog each Monday that outlines the work expected to occur the following week (for instance, the Dec. 10 blog post will outline the work to take place from Dec. 17 to Dec. 23). We will also post to this blog whenever a construction activity will be especially impactful to neighbors or needs to happen outside standard construction hours. Our goal is to keep the community informed and aware of potential impacts before they occur.

From Dec. 10 to Dec. 16, construction crews are scheduled to perform the following activities:

  • Install construction fencing and gates
  • Install temporary walls and prepare temporary roads within the site for asphalt (asphalt is scheduled to be placed the week of Dec. 17)
  • Remove existing stones
  • Demolition of existing footings and paved areas
  • Demolition of steel from the old Emergency Department canopy
  • Prefabricate walls and install roofing for a new vestibule at the Forest A staff entrance
  • Utility work: clearing and grubbing, installing storm lines, removing existing catch basins, drilling and installing new catch basins
  • Temporary power work: set a temporary power shed, excavate for a duct bank to the transformer, and potentially install two power poles (Seattle City Light)
  • Excavate and grade for curbs; form and pour new curbs

The demolition will take place from Dec. 11 to Dec. 14 and will be very noisy, while most other tasks will create normal levels of construction noise. This work will also generate some dust; dust abatement measures will be used to minimize the impact. 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. Work will not occur on Sunday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Saw Cutting and Removal of Asphalt and Curbs, Nov. 2 to Nov. 5

As part of the construction work taking place at the Seattle Children’s hospital campus, crews will saw cut and remove portions of existing asphalt and curbs so they can install stormwater pipes and a manhole. The work area will be within the construction fence and will occur from Friday, Nov. 2 to Monday, Nov. 5. Noise from these and the other ongoing activities will occur from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. If you have questions, please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org.


Concrete Pours for Sidewalks and Stairs at Hospital, Nov. 1 to Nov. 7

Construction crews are continuing to work on the modified Emergency Department (ED) driveway and drop-off area, located on the west side of the hospital near 40th Avenue NE. From Thursday, Nov. 1 to Wednesday, Nov. 7, crews will pour concrete and form new sidewalks and stairs that will connect the ED with the sidewalk along 40th Avenue. Concrete mixing trucks will be on site during that time, and normal levels of construction noise are expected. Works hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. This work is weather-dependent, so the dates are subject to change in the event of poor weather. Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 with questions.


Delayed Projects Will Resume Immediately Once Strike Ends

The strike by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 against the Associated General Contractors of Washington is ongoing, and as discussed in the Aug. 29 Construction Blog post, it is affecting Seattle Children’s projects. Work that does not rely on members of Local 302 has continued.

It is unclear when the strike will end, but once it does, work will immediately begin on the tasks that have been delayed. At the hospital campus, that includes completing the new Emergency Department (ED) driveway to 40th Avenue and paving the old landscape island in the existing ED driveway. As outlined in the Aug. 6 blog post, this requires temporary closure of a portion of the sidewalk along the east side of 40th Avenue. When this work finally takes place, construction noise will be generated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The installation of new asphalt will generate some odor as well. There will also be no parking allowed on both sides of 40th Avenue while this work occurs.

Because of the uncertainty caused by the strike, we’re providing this information to give you advance notice of these anticipated construction activities. We will post further updates as information becomes available.

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


Vegetation Removal on Sept. 5 at Hospital

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, crews will remove some vegetation from the west side of Helen Lane at the hospital. This work will be performed using a boom lift placed in the River parking lot, north of the elevator to the River entrance. Four parking stalls in the River lot will be closed to accommodate the boom lift. Moderate levels of noise will be created from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

Please contact construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 with questions.


Upcoming Work Along Helen Lane and at River Entrance

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, crews will add new striping on Helen Lane at the hospital for traffic and parking control. The striping is expected to take only one day. Initial work will begin at 6 a.m., but construction noise will not be generated until 8 a.m. The new paint will cause some minor odors. This task will be complete by 6 p.m. on Sept. 4.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, construction crews will begin excavating for new sign foundations near the River entrance. This work will include saw cutting and drilling concrete; a vacuum truck will also be used during this stage. Helen Lane and the River entrance will remain open. Flaggers and spotters will be used to assist with vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

The saw cutting, drilling and vacuuming will generate noise, and some minor odors may be created as well. These activities will occur from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6; Friday, Sept. 7; and Monday, Sept. 10. No work associated with the sign foundations will take place on the weekend.

Please contact construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 with questions or concerns.


Union Strike Impacting Seattle Children’s Construction Projects

On Aug. 21, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 went on strike against the Associated General Contractors of Washington. The strike is ongoing and is affecting Seattle Children’s construction sites. This will impact the dates of some tasks listed in previous Construction Blog posts, such as the new driveway to 40th Avenue at the hospital. Once the strike is over, work on the delayed tasks will resume as soon as possible, and we will post updates on the blog once new work dates are defined. In the meantime, work that does not rely on members of Local 302 is continuing. Stay tuned to the Construction Blog for details.


UPDATE: Weekend Construction Work for Feb. 10 to Feb. 12 at Seattle Children’s Hospital Has Been Canceled

The electrical upgrades that were scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, through Monday, Feb. 12, have been canceled due to high patient volumes. Patient safety is our top priority, and we feel it is in the best interests of our patients, families and workforce to postpone this upgrade. We will provide updated information when the work is rescheduled.

For questions or concerns, please call the construction pager at 206-469-5860. Thank you for your patience.