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Emergency Department Signs Being Moved Nov. 28

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, construction crews will remove and relocate two Emergency Department (ED) signs and installing a third at the hospital campus:

  • Relocate the “Emergency” sign on the canopy
  • Relocate the directional sign at the ED driveway onto 40th Avenue NE
  • Install a new ED sign at the northeast corner of 40th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street

This work is one of the final steps in modifying the ED entrance and drop-off in preparation for Building Care construction. Once the signs have been relocated, the new “looped” ED driveway system to 40th Avenue NE will open. Patient families will enter at the southerly driveway and exit at the northerly driveway (which is the current ED drive) while Building Care is under construction.

A truck will be used to relocate and install the signs. Parking will be temporarily restricted on the east side of 40th Avenue NE just north of NE 45th Street while the new ED sign is installed. This work will generate normal levels of construction noise within the standard weekday work window of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org if you have questions.


Some Signs at Hospital to Be Modified and Temporarily Covered

In the coming weeks, you may notice some exterior signs will be covered at the hospital campus. We are modifying some of our directional signs to account for navigation and parking changes occurring on campus as part of Building Care construction. The sign coverings will be removed by Dec. 3. All Seattle Children’s departments and services will continue to operate as normal. If you have questions, please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000.


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.


Prefabrication Work at Hospital Begins Oct. 24

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 24, construction crews will use an area within the old shuttle hub, near 40th Avenue NE and the Forest smoking shelter, for prefabricating certain items that will be used during Building Care construction activities. The area will be fenced and will be used until early December. The prefabrication work that occurs in this area will produce normal levels of construction noise during standard working hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Concrete Work at Hospital, Oct. 22 to Oct. 26

Construction crews are continuing to work on the modified Emergency Department driveway and drop-off area, on the west side of the hospital near 40th Avenue NE. From Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26, crews will pour concrete within the work area. A pump truck and a cement truck will be present for this work. Normal levels of construction noise are expected. The concrete work will occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday that week, along with ongoing construction activities.

Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 if you have any questions.


Construction Entrance Installation on Sand Point Way From Oct. 22 to Oct. 31

From Oct. 22 to Oct. 31, crews will install a construction entrance into the hospital property from northbound Sand Point Way NE to prepare for the construction of Building Care. The construction entrance will be located just south of the existing Metro route 75 bus stop (#10562) between 40th Avenue NE and Penny Drive; construction vehicles will use this entrance while Building Care is built.

The right lane of northbound Sand Point Way, along with the sidewalk and bike lane, will be closed in the work area whenever crews are present. These closures will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Pedestrians should cross to the west side of Sand Point Way in a designated crosswalk to avoid the closure; when walking through the area after work hours, please use caution. The Metro bus stop will be closed from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31 but will then reopen.

Normal levels of construction noise will be generated by this project from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. A flagger will be present during whenever construction crews are on site.

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


Existing Shuttle Hub Canopy to Be Relocated, Oct. 15 to Oct. 20

As part of the work to modify the Emergency Department (ED) drop-off in preparation for Building Care construction, the existing canopy at the former shuttle hub (located near the ED parking lot) will be relocated to the west side of the Friends of Costco Building (also known as Forest A).

Preparation for the canopy move will take place from Monday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Oct. 19 and will include grinding and sawing. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 20, crews will move the canopy using a crane and two trucks with counterweights.

Vehicular and pedestrian access to the ED will remain open during this project, although the existing ED driveway and the pedestrian walkway from 40th Avenue will be blocked for approximately 30 minutes on Oct. 20 while the canopy is moved. Flaggers will assist with traffic control. Construction noise associated with this project will be generated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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


Preparation Work for Modified Emergency Department Drop-Off Project Begins Aug. 24

Beginning Aug. 24, construction crews will close and fence off the area between the hospital and 40th Avenue. The existing Emergency Department (ED) driveway will be narrowed by the fence placement. Once the fence is up, crews will remove the on-site hard surfaces (such as the walkways and the old smoking shelter pad) and will also install protection measures for on-site trees and utilities. This work, which will take place from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31, is the next step in a larger, phased project to construct a modified ED drop-off area in preparation for Building Care construction.

The sidewalk on 40th Avenue will remain open during this stage of work. The fence will remain in place for the future phases happening over the next few months.

This work will occur from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Normal levels of construction noise are anticipated.

Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Construction for New Driveway to 40th Avenue Begins Aug. 15

From Aug. 15 to Aug. 24, a portion of sidewalk on the east side of 40th Avenue NE, between the existing Emergency Department (ED) driveway and the Metro route 65 bus stop, will be closed as construction crews build a new ED driveway. This work is the first phase of a larger, phased project to construct a modified ED drop-off area.

Pedestrians will have two options for safely maneuvering around the construction zone:

  • Use the temporary walkway that will be fenced through the Forest service drive and ambulance bay. It will connect with the existing walkway to 40th Avenue that runs along the ED driveway; or
  • Cross to the west side of 40th Avenue in a designated crosswalk.

Please be safe and use only designated pedestrian paths and crosswalks.

Additionally, the landscape island within the existing ED driveway will be removed during that same period. The existing ED driveway will remain open.

This work will occur from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Normal levels of construction noise are anticipated.

Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 if you have questions.