The Building Cure project is approaching completion in summer of 2019. Significant construction work continues in the building and in the right of way on Terry Avenue and Stewart and Virginia Streets around the building. This work includes landscaping; completion of sidewalks and curbs; canopies; and final paving and striping activities. Sidewalks and roadways impacted by construction will be open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic by early July 2019. Work to restore the parking lot adjacent to the building will continue beyond the July 2019 right-of-way opening. Please follow all street and sidewalk closed signs and pedestrian diversions, as they are in place for your safety during these activities.
Beginning Monday, March 4, the sidewalk on the north side of Stewart Street from Boren Avenue to Terry Avenue will be closed to pedestrian access to construct new sidewalks, planters and driveways; the closure is expected to last through April 15. The parking lane adjacent to the sidewalk will also have intermittent closures to support access to the work. Throughout the construction activities pedestrians will be re-routed to the sidewalk on the south side of Stewart Street. Please follow all street and sidewalk closed signs and pedestrian diversions as they are in place for your safety during these activities.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, construction crews will take down the final tower crane on the Building Cure site. Crews will begin staging at 2 a.m. and the mobile crane needed to dismantle the tower crane will arrive at 4:30 a.m. Dismantling will begin at 7:15 a.m. and should be complete by 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Jan. 20, crews will begin work at 8 a.m. to hoist the rooftop chillers into place. This work will finish around 4 p.m.
All work will be done from within the jobsite fence except for intermittent traffic entering and exiting the site.
Beginning Jan. 14, Terry Avenue, between Stewart and Virginia Streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic to construct the new Terry Avenue Green Street. The closure is expected to last through May 2019. During this time we will construct new sidewalks, repave to add access points/drop-off zones, create new planter beds and landscaping, and add a number of pedestrian benches and activation points. Throughout construction activities, pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of Terry Avenue. Please follow all street and sidewalk closed signs and pedestrian diversions, as they are in place for your safety.
Also beginning Jan. 14, normal working hours at Building Cure shift so all work and deliveries begin at 6 a.m. This will last for the duration of the viaduct closure. The exception is civil work on Terry Avenue, which will begin at 7 a.m.
Seattle Children’s Research Institute will celebrate a milestone on Aug. 30 — the topping out of Building Cure, a new research building under construction at 1920 Terry Ave. Seattle Children’s is hosting a private event that day that includes a beam-signing ceremony and lunch for staff and the construction and project teams. The beam will be raised around 12:45 p.m. Up to 1,000 attendees are expected.
Event details are as follows:
What: Building Cure Topping Out Event When: Thursday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: 1920 Terry Ave., between Stewart and Virginia streets
Please be advised that Terry Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Stewart and Virginia streets beginning at 7 a.m. Terry Avenue will reopen at 4 p.m. The sidewalk on Terry Avenue will remain open.
Building Cure is soon reaching a significant milestone: completion of the concrete structure. There are just five final placements needed to get us through the remainder of the concrete structure work, which will take place on July 27, 30 and 31, and Aug. 2 and 6; crews will set up at approximately 4:30 a.m. on these days. Once the concrete structure is in place, the large concrete placing boom and mobile pump trucks will go away, and the team will move to setting the steel structural penthouse at the very top of the building, and installing exterior glass and interior finish activities.
Over the weekends of July 28 and 29, Aug. 4 and 5, and Aug. 11 and 12, crews will place mechanical units onto the top floor of the building. The units will be placed with the tower crane; no impact is anticipated to pedestrian or vehicular traffic near the site, aside from occasional flagging to assist trucks entering and exiting the jobsite. Please follow the direction of flaggers and detour signage this weekend, as they are in place for your safety.
Building Cure reaches a significant milestone April 26 with the placement of the Level 7 columns. Once placed, we’ll have made it to the halfway mark for the above-grade building structure. Including the structural work below grade, 11 floors of building structure have been completed, representing approximately 400,000 square feet of space for Seattle Children’s quest to eliminate childhood disease. Twelve contractors working on-site and across teams have completed more than 225,000 hours of work on Building Cure.
This weekend, crews will place mechanical units onto the second floor of the building. To facilitate their placement, a large mobile crane will be set up on Terry Avenue on April 28 and 29. Work will begin at 8 a.m. each day. Terry Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic, and a detour will be set up to adjacent streets. The sidewalk on the east side of Terry Avenue will be closed to pedestrians. Foot traffic will be diverted to the sidewalk along the west side of Terry Avenue, which will remain open. Please follow the direction of flaggers and detour signage this weekend, as they are in place for your safety.
Seattle Children’s Research Institute is beginning the Master Use Plan (MUP) process for Research Building 4 (RB4), which would be located between Virginia Ave. and Stewart St., adjacent to Boren Ave. The MUP process will begin with Seattle Children’s submitting an Early Design Guidance (EDG) package to the City of Seattle on April 23.
As another key component in our journey to treat, prevent and cure pediatric disease, the building would add approximately 600,000 sq. ft. of research, clinical and administrative space. Next to the institute’s Building Cure facility which is currently under construction and slated to open in 2019, it will be the fourth building owned by Seattle Children’s on our downtown campus.
Construction of RB4 would begin after Building Cure is close to being at space usage capacity. While there is no exact timeframe for when that will occur, we are starting the RB4 MUP process now to plan for our future growth.
Building Cure reached a significant milestone the week of Jan. 8. Construction crews placed the final zone of the Level 1 slab, completing the below-grade, or below street-level, structure. Since shoring work began in March 2017, crews have placed more than 13,000 cubic yards of concrete and worked over 75,000 hours — all with no recordable safety incidents. The project is tracking on schedule, which is notable given the complexity of the below-grade work.
Construction crews now move to above-grade work, and Building Cure will slowly begin to rise in the Seattle skyline. Sidewalk and street closures are planned to accommodate new construction activities. Pedestrian protection will be installed on the sidewalks along Terry Avenue and Virginia Street throughout January. Terry Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic the weekend of Jan. 20 and 21 for Seattle Public Utilities to make connections to utilities in the street and place vaults in the future sidewalk.
Beginning the week of Jan. 22, contractors will work on Terry Avenue to install the utility connections to the building. Drivers and pedestrians can expect intermittent closures and delays to traffic on Terry Avenue as this work is completed. Please be alert and abide by all street and sidewalk closures for your safety until the areas are complete.
Dr. Jeff Sperring, Seattle Children’s chief executive officer, climbed to the top of the Building Cure tower crane on Aug. 23, 2017, to survey construction progress. Located in downtown Seattle at the corner of Stewart Street and Terry Avenue, Building Cure will expand the Seattle Children’s Research Institute campus to help us accomplish more life-changing research that transforms the lives of children and their families.
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