Building Care


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.

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

Vestibules to Be Installed at Seattle Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and River Entrances

Originally posted July 24, 2018. Updated Aug. 2, 2018.

Crews will build and install vestibules at the Emergency Department (ED) and River entrances on Seattle Children’s hospital campus. The vestibules are being installed in preparation for construction of Building Care and will help remove dust and soil from people entering the hospital.

The ED vestibule will be built in the Forest service drive area (near the southwest corner of the hospital) between July 24 and Aug. 8, then installed at the ED entrance between Aug. 9 and Aug. 14. All work to build the vestibule will take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; normal construction noise levels are anticipated. On Thursday, Aug. 9, construction crews will move the vestibule into place at the ED entrance with a forklift from 5 to 7 a.m.; the forklift will create minimal noise. This early time period was chosen to minimize disruption to patients and families using the ED entrance. Once in place, installation of the vestibule will continue through Aug. 14 during standard working hours. The ED entrance will remain open during installation.

Work on the River vestibule will take place between July 26 and Aug. 7. To minimize hospital access impacts, the River entrance work will occur at night, between 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. weekday nights. Construction lights will be used at the River entrance, and minimal construction noise levels are anticipated. We do not expect noise or lights to impact the hospital’s neighbors.

For questions or concerns, please email

Construction Work on Helen Lane Scheduled for Aug. 8 to Sept. 14

From Wednesday, Aug. 8, to Friday, Sept. 14, construction crews will modify Helen Lane at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Helen Lane is the road that serves the hospital’s River entrance.

The purpose of this work is to straighten Helen Lane, which will then serve as the new hub for Seattle Children’s workforce shuttles. Portions of the existing curb along Helen Lane will be removed so the road can be straightened, then new curb will be poured. Some work will also occur around the traffic circle near the River entrance. Helen Lane and the River entrance will remain open during construction.

Normal levels of construction noise are anticipated. Work will occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Please contact with questions or concerns.

Announcing a Name for the Forest B Expansion on the Hospital Campus

The upcoming Forest B expansion has a name: Building Care. You may recall that Forest A was named “Building Hope,” and our newest research building downtown is “Building Cure.” Groundbreaking for Building Care is scheduled for fall 2018, with anticipated completion in 2021. As the demand for Seattle Children’s services continues to grow, we need additional space to adequately care for our patients and families. Building Care will help us meet many of those needs. Stay up-to-date on Building Care progress by subscribing to this blog. For questions or concerns, call the construction pager at 206-469-5860.

Work Taking Place Along West Side of Seattle Children’s Starting Oct. 16; Significant Noise Expected

Starting Monday, Oct. 16, work will take place along the west side of the River zone at Seattle Children’s hospital campus. This is part of the prep work needed for upcoming construction of Building Care (the Forest B zone) which is scheduled to begin fall 2018.

Work will take place on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is expected to last for 10 to 15 business days. It involves saw-cutting the walkway slab and using a vacuum truck to remove dirt and debris; both activities will result in significant noise. Everything will be done to complete work as quickly and with as little disruption to patients, their families and neighbors as possible. For questions or concerns please email We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.