Waldo’s recent blog about trees made us wonder how many different kinds of trees grow on our campus. The answer: 409. There are 143 evergreen species, 241 deciduous species and 25 species of fruit trees. The oldest tree is a Douglas fir that’s likely more than 100 years old, said Jeff Hughes, grounds and sustainability manager. Read full post »
Here at Seattle Children’s, we have lots of experience performing transplants, but we’ve never worked with a patient weighing 130,000 pounds before. That’s the weight of a scarlet oak tree we moved last week using a crane and a flatbed trailer. Read full post »
After waiting more than a year to sink their roots again, seven trees we salvaged from the Building Hope construction site are returning to their former environs. The trees will be dispersed around the grounds – mostly on the north side of the building. The trees – three quite large – will be prepped for their move from our tree storage area Tuesday, May 29. Over the next two days, a crane will lift them on and off a trailer that will haul them to their new old digs. All work will occur within the construction site and generate little if any noise.
Some people would look at vegetation covering a construction site as something to chop down and haul away. Not Jeff Hughes, grounds and sustainability manager at Seattle Children’s. When site preparation began for our Building Hope expansion, Hughes saw the property’s trees, shrubs and plants as something to rescue and replant elsewhere on the hospital campus. Read full post »
Lots of work is underway on various landscaping features surrounding the existing and new hospital buildings.
Along the west side of the existing building, crews are grading for the fire lane which consists of a concrete walkway and retaining wall. Concrete and pump trucks and other equipment will be onsite to complete this work by mid-February.
Crews are also working to install the retaining wall and concrete stairs at the southeast corner of the site. Read full post »