Construction Updates


Timeline Describes Monthly Milestones

Guest Blog with Todd Johnson, VP Facilities

As we count down to the opening of Building Hope in April, I’m pleased to share the latest monthly milestones for the building and related projects.

October – Curb extensions along 40th Avenue NE. Grading and paving on north side of Building Hope site. Elevator from inpatient parking lot to Train entrance. Grading and other work on east, south and west sides of site.

October/December – Construction fence removed. Temporary construction fence in place

December – Sand Point Way improvements, including a new traffic signal and a two-way cycle track in front of the hospital with separate paths for bikes and pedestrians Read full post »

Possible Traffic Delays on Sand Point Way in Front of Main Hospital Campus, Oct. 1 (UPDATE)

Update 4:18 p.m:

Traffic has now been restored in accordance with the construction traffic control plan.  Thank you for your patience.



Due to a fallen power pole in the northbound lanes of Sand Point Way in front of the main campus, you may experience traffic disruptions. All traffic has been re-routed to the two southbound lanes.

There are no disruptions to power at the hospital.

Seattle City Light is onsite now; repair work is expected to last several hours. Thank you for your patience.


Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent

Nature Paints Healing Picture

Rainbows are nature’s shimmering reminder that hope follows the storm. Our Building Hope expansion delivers a similar message to children and families facing a life-threatening illness or injury. When nature recently unfurled a rainbow above the new building, it painted an inspiring picture of healing.

The Smell of Progress

Ahhh, the smell of fresh asphalt in the morning. It’s the smell of … a new parking lot. Paving for Building Hope’s inpatient and emergency department parking lots will take place this Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1-2, and continue next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 7-8. This work will be complete on Monday and Tuesday, October 14-15.

We appreciate your patience while we complete this slightly smelly, but necessary, project.

If you have additional questions or concerns please email


Helistop Will Move, But Rules Remain the Same

We’re wrapping up work on a new helistop. When Building Hope opens in spring 2013, helicopters will land in the southwest corner of the new parking area, where a raised open walkway will provide easy access to our new emergency department. Read full post »

PSE Work on Sand Point Way NE This Week

Puget Sound Energy is completing the work to replace the gas main along Sand Point Way NE. This last step involves paving, which will disrupt traffic.

Please allow extra time, or take an alternate route, if you commute along Sand Point Way between Mary Gates Memorial Drive and NE 52nd.

Work is expected to take place throughout this week. We will update you as we receive more information.

If you have additional questions or concerns please email

Pedestrian Route Changes Around Building Hope Construction Site

Sellen Construction and their subcontractors are making improvements along Sand Point Way, including new sidewalks and a new water main. This will impact pedestrians walking along the west side of campus; work is expected to take place over the next several weeks.

Please use this revised walking route from Springbrook, Hartmann, and other points south:

  • Rather than taking Sand Point Way to the main campus, walk east up NE 45th Street to the fire lane, which is just east of the construction site
  • Walk north up the fire lane (stay on the existing hospital building side of the cyclone construction fence)
  • Take the stairs at the north end of the fire lane to the Giraffe entrance
  • To return, reverse the route

For those who cannot walk up stairs, please talk to the Sellen on-site flaggers for an escort.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to improve the Children’s campus.


Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent

Hartmann News: Water to be Shut Off, Construction Completed

Seattle Public Utilities will shut off the water supply to the Hartmann Building starting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 to work on the water main. The building will be without running water for less than 10 hours, but during that time, there will be no water for restrooms or any other use. Read full post »

Parking Lot Painting Hinges on Weather

We plan to re-stripe two parking lots sometime during the next six to eight weekends starting Sept. 22-23, but the exact schedule is dependent on the weather. We may not know when work will occur until the day before.

The lots are the Magnuson Park lot on NE 65th Street and Sand Point Way NE, the Administration Building lot at NE 70th Street and Sand Point Way NE. Each lot should take no more than one day to finish. Work will be confined to the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pharmacy Drive-Up Closed Until Monday

The pharmacy drive-up lane in the Hartmann Building parking lot will be closed Friday, Sept. 14, so our contractor can pave the lot’s southwest entry. A crew will work Saturday, Sept. 15, to prepare the parking lot for full re-opening – including the pharmacy drive-up and both entries – on Monday, Sept. 17. The work is part of the improvements we’re making to the Hartmann Building frontage on Sand Point Way.