Construction Blog

Concrete Pours for Sidewalks and Stairs at Hospital, Nov. 1 to Nov. 7

Construction crews are continuing to work on the modified Emergency Department (ED) driveway and drop-off area, located on the west side of the hospital near 40th Avenue NE. From Thursday, Nov. 1 to Wednesday, Nov. 7, crews will pour concrete and form new sidewalks and stairs that will connect the ED with the sidewalk along 40th Avenue. Concrete mixing trucks will be on site during that time, and normal levels of construction noise are expected. Works hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. This work is weather-dependent, so the dates are subject to change in the event of poor weather. Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 with questions.


Prefabrication Work at Hospital Begins Oct. 24

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 24, construction crews will use an area within the old shuttle hub, near 40th Avenue NE and the Forest smoking shelter, for prefabricating certain items that will be used during Building Care construction activities. The area will be fenced and will be used until early December. The prefabrication work that occurs in this area will produce normal levels of construction noise during standard working hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Asphalt Installation at Hospital, Nov. 1

Construction crews are continuing to work on the modified Emergency Department driveway and drop-off area, located on the west side of the hospital near 40th Avenue NE. On Thursday, Nov. 1, crews will place asphalt for the drop-off area, which will create standard construction noise and some odor. The asphalt work will occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. This work is weather-dependent, so the date is subject to change. Additional asphalt will be placed in the coming weeks — watch this Construction Blog for details. Please contact construction@seattlechildrens.org if you have questions.


Concrete Work at Hospital, Oct. 22 to Oct. 26

Construction crews are continuing to work on the modified Emergency Department driveway and drop-off area, on the west side of the hospital near 40th Avenue NE. From Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26, crews will pour concrete within the work area. A pump truck and a cement truck will be present for this work. Normal levels of construction noise are expected. The concrete work will occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday that week, along with ongoing construction activities.

Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 if you have any questions.


New Rooftop Helistop to Be Activated Oct. 17

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 a.m., Seattle Children’s will officially activate the new helicopter landing pad (helistop) on top of the Friends of Costco Building (also known as Forest A). The rooftop will serve as the hospital’s sole helistop until Building Care opens in 2022. The existing ground helistop will be permanently deactivated at 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. Helicopter landings will continue to occur on an as-needed basis in emergency medical situations.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Construction Entrance Installation on Sand Point Way From Oct. 22 to Oct. 31

From Oct. 22 to Oct. 31, crews will install a construction entrance into the hospital property from northbound Sand Point Way NE to prepare for the construction of Building Care. The construction entrance will be located just south of the existing Metro route 75 bus stop (#10562) between 40th Avenue NE and Penny Drive; construction vehicles will use this entrance while Building Care is built.

The right lane of northbound Sand Point Way, along with the sidewalk and bike lane, will be closed in the work area whenever crews are present. These closures will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Pedestrians should cross to the west side of Sand Point Way in a designated crosswalk to avoid the closure; when walking through the area after work hours, please use caution. The Metro bus stop will be closed from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31 but will then reopen.

Normal levels of construction noise will be generated by this project from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. A flagger will be present during whenever construction crews are on site.

Please email construction@seattlechildrens.org or call 206-987-8000 with questions.


Existing Shuttle Hub Canopy to Be Relocated, Oct. 15 to Oct. 20

As part of the work to modify the Emergency Department (ED) drop-off in preparation for Building Care construction, the existing canopy at the former shuttle hub (located near the ED parking lot) will be relocated to the west side of the Friends of Costco Building (also known as Forest A).

Preparation for the canopy move will take place from Monday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Oct. 19 and will include grinding and sawing. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 20, crews will move the canopy using a crane and two trucks with counterweights.

Vehicular and pedestrian access to the ED will remain open during this project, although the existing ED driveway and the pedestrian walkway from 40th Avenue will be blocked for approximately 30 minutes on Oct. 20 while the canopy is moved. Flaggers will assist with traffic control. Construction noise associated with this project will be generated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Helicopter Test Flights at Hospital, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5

To prepare for construction of Building Care at the hospital campus, the existing helicopter landing pad (helistop) will be relocated to the top of the Friends of Costco Building (also known as Forest A).

During the first week of October, Airlift Northwest will conduct two test flights to the new helistop location. These test flights will include both landing and takeoff, along with simulation work by Seattle Children’s personnel on the rooftop. In order to receive final approval for the new helistop, one of the test flights must take place at night. The flights will occur on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 5 at noon

The test flights will generate noise as the helicopter lands and takes off.

If everything goes according to plan, the new helistop location on the Forest A rooftop will be activated on Oct. 17 and will be used until Building Care opens in 2022.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Asphalt Installation in Lot 4 at Hospital Sept. 27 and Sept. 28

In addition to the pavement sealing and restriping discussed in the Sept. 18 Construction Blog post, crews will also install new asphalt in a portion of Lot 4 (workforce member parking) on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. The asphalt installation will generate some odor and noise between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on those days. This work is weather-dependent, so the dates are subject to change. Contact construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Sealing and Restriping in Lot 4 at Hospital Sept. 28 to Oct. 8

Beginning Friday, Sept. 28, crews will begin sealing and restriping portions of Lot 4 (workforce member parking). This work will generate some odor and will be conducted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We expect to complete this project on Monday, Oct. 8, though the work could last longer depending on weather. Contact construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.