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Join Us March 16th For Building Hope Celebration

Comm Open House - Blog PhotoDrum roll, please. We’re holding a Community Open House and Family Fest on March 16 to celebrate the pending opening of our Building Hope expansion. The fun lasts from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the main campus of Seattle Children’s in the Building Hope Tent.

Take a tour of the new building and see our new emergency department and cancer and critical care units before anyone else. Check out a working ambulance and listen to local musician Johnny Bregar preform. Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal for a check-up at the Teddy Bear Clinic. We’ll also fit children ages 1-18 for a free bike helmet.

See you there!


Technology Magic At Building Hope

IS Team BH - Blog Michelle Soul and her team aren’t magicians, but their job is to make sure every computer, printer, phone and TV works like magic when Building Hope opens this spring. Soul is project manager for the information systems (IS) component of Building Hope. “Our team is working hard and everything is going well,” Soul says, “but this isn’t a job for the faint of heart.”

Right now the team is busy unpacking, distributing and configuring 8,000 pieces of hardware. Waves of equipment arrive every day and everything is set up the day it’s delivered because there’s no room to store it for setup later. Setup is just the beginning, though. “Anybody can plug a keyboard into a computer,” Soul says. “The challenge is all the programming that needs to occur behind the scenes.”

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Wayfinding Artists Create Coloring Sheets

Lab Partners 2The artists who created the designs featured in our new wayfinding system are creating coloring sheets for our patients. Amy Ruppel of Portland, Ore., and Lab Partners of Oakland, Calif., are producing about two dozen different coloring sheets based on the natural themes expressed in their wayfinding artwork. Read full post »


Art Happens – And It’s Beautiful

Art Happens - SCCA Wall 1What happens when you give a group of kids markers and crayons, show them a blank wall and turn their imaginations loose? Something beautiful!

Patients in the Seattle Children’s cancer unit and their siblings have turned a temporary construction wall into a dazzling and inspirational mural. Chelsea Olson, a nurse in the unit, came up with the idea. Austin Schlichtman, a child life specialist, supplied the crayons and markers. Once the kids got the OK, they covered nearly the entire wall in less than eight hours. “The doctors and nurses were really happy to see their patients out of their beds and being active,” Schlichtman says. Read full post »


Is That All The Art? Not Hardly

Wayfinding - Dominique BarniStaff and families love our new wayfinding system. And they want to see more of the artwork. No worries. There’s plenty more on the way.

We’re using artwork such as wall murals, lighted panels and glass mosaics to help people navigate the four new zones we created to integrate the existing hospital with our Building Hope expansion. The zones are Forest, River, Mountain and Ocean – each with a dedicated color, icon and artistic theme. Read full post »


Truck Won’t Impede Penny Drive Traffic

A vactor truck – used in underground utility work – will be at the Penny Drive entrance for most the day on Friday to help extend an electrical conduit to the new entrance sign. Traffic will not be impeded. The truck will be cordoned off and parked against the curb. Someone will be available at all times to assist pedestrians and bicyclists as needed. Thanks for your patience.


View Trail Concept At Open House

BGT Connection Map v1 BGT Connection Map v2We’re excited to share the latest concept for a new bike and pedestrian connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail. Join us at an open house Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Gould Hall at the University of Washington. Bring the kids. We’re giving away free bike helmets, holding a bicycle fun/safety workshop and providing bike safety inspections. 

The new link will provide access to the trail from our Hartmann property where Sand Point Pediatrics is located. We collected ideas and comments about the connection at an earlier open house in December. The connection is part of the commitment Seattle Children’s made to improve neighborhood transportation when we submitted our Major Institution Master Plan to the city of Seattle. We hope to complete the connection in late 2013.


Traffic Signal Blinks To Life

Signal 1 ppt Signal 2 pptThe new traffic signal at Sand Point Way NE and 40th Avenue NE is operational.  Activating the signal capped weeks of work to improve the intersection. We also added crosswalks and a left turn lane onto 40th Avenue NE. In addition, King County Metro built bus shelters on both sides of Sand Point Way. Together, the improvements will help traffic flow smoother, make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Sand Point Way at this busy corner and make it more convenient to use transit. Construction caused numerous temporary traffic revisions. We appreciate the patience and caution everyone showed as we completed this important neighborhood improvement. Thank you for your continued support.


Banners Beautify Temporary Fencing

Fence Photo 1 While the Seattle Mariners are moving the Safeco Field fences closer in, we moved  the temporary feFence Photo Mainncing surrounding Building Hope farther out. We also replaced the plain green fence panels with colorful banners that incorporate imagery from the new campuswide wayfinding system we’re introducing Jan. 20. 

Our general contractor, Sellen Construction, generously provided the beautiful banners. When the temporary fencing is removed, we’ll reuse the banners during Building Hope grand opening events. Thanks, Sellen!

The temporary fencing was originally installed closer to Building Hope. We’re building a new permanent fence – which was torn down during site preparation – closer to the edge of the property. We moved the temporary fencing farther out so it will screen construction of the permanent fence.


Curtain Rises On New Wayfinding System

Comm CtrLevel IS Team Ocean Mural Ocean 8 Registration IS Command CenterOcean Mural FishWe’re excited to report the debut our new wayfinding system. More than 400 volunteers participated in the rollout. With their help, the transition was a tremendous success. Thanks everyone!

 The new wayfinding system integrates the existing hospital with our Building Hope expansion by creating four new zones that blend our new spaces with our old spaces and logically divide the campus in a way that makes it easy to navigate.  The zones are Forest, River, Mountain and Ocean – each with dedicated color, icon and artistic themefeatured in new signage and other design elements.

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