Building Care


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 with questions.

Tree Relocations Via Crane at Hospital on Dec. 6

Two large trees at the hospital campus will be relocated and replanted on Thursday, Dec. 6 to make way for Building Care construction. The trees will be hoisted from their current locations and placed in their new locations, near the corner of Sand Point Way NE and 40th Avenue NE, using a crane. This work will occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and will generate normal levels of construction noise. If you have questions, please call 206-987-8000 or email

Building Care Construction Fence Goes Up Dec. 3

Construction crews will begin fencing off the Building Care construction site the morning of Monday, Dec. 3. The construction site will include most of the area between the hospital, 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way NE (as shown in the graphic below).

Crews will begin by blocking key points within the hospital campus and will then install fencing along the entire perimeter of the construction site. The site will remain fenced for approximately three years until the building is complete. All hospital programs and services will remain open throughout construction. Use the driveway on 40th Avenue NE to access the Emergency Department; otherwise, use Penny Drive to access the hospital campus.

The fencing will be installed from Dec. 3 to Dec. 17. Black mesh screening will be installed on the fence from Dec. 18 to Dec. 26. The fencing work will generate minimal noise but will be visible to neighbors. Normal construction hours apply: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 206-987-8000 or email if you have questions.

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 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 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

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 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 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 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 with questions.