Construction Blog

New Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit Opens

Seattle Children’s new Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) officially opened on level 5 of the River/Mountain zone, with patients from the existing unit on level 4 of the River zone moving into the new PBMU facilities. The remodeled space includes 25 single-patient rooms, a classroom, dining area, group rooms, and several other amenities for supporting the health and well-being of patients, families and staff. Read full post »

Bike Share Station Opens

Pronto Station Opens The Children’s bike share station opened this afternoon in connection with the city-wide launch of Pronto Cycle Share, Seattle’s new cycle sharing system. The station at Children’s holds 29 docking spaces and is one of 50 bike share stations located across the city.
Pronto makes available 500 bicycles year round for the public to use as a transportation option and is intended for short, quick trips within the city. At each station, users who purchase short-term passes or annual memberships can access or return bicycles and also check out free helmets.

As part of the program launch, Pronto will offer guided weekend tours beginning this Saturday in Capitol Hill. Also, in partnership with Pronto, Cascade Bicycle Club is offering free introductory classes to the public covering the basics of urban bicycling. One of those classes will take place at Children’s at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15.

Bike Dock Installation Saturday Night

The docking spaces for a bike share station at Seattle Children’s will be installed at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.  The work, which will take place off Phil Smart Way next to the transit stop, is expected to last less than two hours and create minimal noise.

The Children’s station is one of 50 bike share stations being completed as part of a citywide network dubbed Pronto that will open Oct. 13. The network will make available 500 bikes for rent. The hospital station will consist of 29 docking spaces where staff, visitors and the community can hop on and drop off bikes.

Thanks for your patience as we expand transportation choices in our neighborhood.

Early Morning Concrete Pour Moved to August 27

We moved the date of a 6 a.m. concrete pour to Wednesday, Aug. 27, because there weren’t enough concrete finishers available on the original date.

The concrete will form the pad for a new bike share station we’re building near the Sand Point Way NE bus stop in front of Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

Concrete Pour Begins at 6 a.m.

Bike Share post photo

Work begins on Tuesday, Aug. 19, to build a new bike share station near the Sand Point Way NE bus stop in front of Seattle Children’s. Pouring the concrete pad will require a 6 a.m. start on Aug. 19 only because concrete deliveries start early. Normal work hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through the end of the month.

All work will be staged from Phil Smart Sr. Way within the hospital campus. The bike share station is part of a citywide bike share program. When complete, the Seattle Children’s station will make available up to 26 bicycles for staff, visitors and neighbors to rent.

We’re excited to bring this program to our neighborhood and we appreciate your patience during construction.

Truck Deliveries Begin Friday

Trucks will begin delivering supplies and equipment this Friday for construction occurring within the Forest and River zones. The deliveries will take place along NE 45th Street on a regular basis through May 2015.

The trucks will unload from the walking/biking lane (often referred to as the fire lane), which will be closed so trucks can safely park. Trucks will back in to unload. Please drive carefully when traveling past. We appreciate your patience and caution during the coming months.

Progress Report: Building Out the Forest Zone

Seattle Children's HospitalWhen the Forest zone opened in spring 2013, we left some spaces vacant to meet future needs. We recently started construction on 32 new acute care rooms on level four of the Forest zone and 32 new intensive carerooms (16 to be occupied upon completion) on level five.

All of the new rooms are designed the same way as the Forest zone’s current rooms, which provide a morecomfortable environment for parents to remain with their child and a more efficient environment for caregivers to meet patient needs.  In addition, the new intensive care rooms will enable us to treat all of our intensive care patients – except neonatal patients – inthe newest building with the newest technology.

We will finish construction on both floors in summer 2015.  Patients from existing spaces in the River zone will then move to the new spaces in the Forest zone.After they move, we will renovate the spaces vacated in the River zone and reopen them for patient care.

This is another in a series of posts describing upcoming construction projects at Seattle Children’s.

City Restrings Traffic Signal at Busy Five-Corners Intersection

The city of Seattle is restringing traffic signal wires at the five-way intersection of NE 45thStreet and Sand Point Way NE, near University Village. The work requires intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, over the next two weeks. Some work will also occur at night.

The wires, which connect 15 different signal heads, had started to droop. After a truck hit one of the wires this spring, the city accelerated plans to reconfigure the wires, poles and signal heads to make the intersection safer.

Please drive carefully, avoid the intersection whenever possible and expect some delays while the city completes this important project.

Crane Starts Early

A mobile crane helping build our new rooftop terrace will swing into action at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, to hoist concrete. The dawn start — scheduled for one day only – is necessary because the concrete supplier begins deliveries early.

The terrace will open this fall atop the Forest Zone adjacent to the Cancer Care Unit. The crane will be on site various days through Sept. 5.

Thanks for your patience as we complete this eagerly awaited improvement.

Progress Report: Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Cath Lab_2_edited Cath Lab_1_edited Cath Lab_3_editedTwo new state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization “cath” labs will open late this fall. We’re building the labs in the Mountain zone just outside the former Emergency Department.

Cath labs provide cardiovascular diagnostic services and interventions such as balloon angioplasty, stent placement and other cardiovascular care. The new labs are designed as hybrid spaces where surgical procedures can be performed without needing to transfer patients to an operating room.

New equipment, which won’t fit in the existing space, will emit less radiation. Plus, a new video system will allow the cath lab team to share their work around the world.

This is another in a series of posts describing upcoming construction projects at Seattle Children’s.