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Preparations For Trail Construction Begin Soon

BGT Hartmann Plan Nov 2013IMG_5919IMG_5917IMG_5916IMG_5909IMG_5915Work to build a new connection to the Burke-Gilman Trail starts in November when the project’s general contractor, Sellen Construction, begins making preparations for construction. The prep work includes installing temporary fences and taking over a portion of the Hartmann Building parking lot.

Most work will be staged from the rear of the Hartmann property, creating minimal traffic disruptions, and the trail will remain open during all phases of construction.

When completed early next year, the new trail connection will traverse the Hartmann Building property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE & 40th Ave NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital to Penny Drive.

The project involves grading and paving, building fences and retaining walls, and installing signage and landscaping. Work will take place on weekdays only – no weekends or holidays – between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. No noisy machinery will operate between 7-8 a.m.

Continue to check the Construction Blog for future project updates.

Burke-Gilman Trail Link Gets Green Light

Burke-Gilman TrailGetting to the Burke-Gilman Trail is about to get easier and safer for Seattle Children’s neighbors, visitors and staff. After receiving final approval from the Department of Planning and Development at the city of Seattle, we’re ready to start building a new connection to the trail.

The ADA-compliant link will traverse the Hartmann Building property and tie the trail to the new traffic signal/crosswalk at Sand Point Way NE and the new cycle track that runs in front of the hospital. Read full post »

Apartments Will Expand Housing Choices

Rendering_FINALS_UPDATEPicture 096 Picture 102Seattle Children’s and two partners broke ground Oct. 1 on the Bridges@11th Apartments, a unique residential community that will expand workforce housing choices in Northeast Seattle when it opens in 2015.

Bridges@11th is a collaboration between Children’s, the University of Washington and developer Security Properties. Located in the University District at 4529-4557 11th Ave. NE, the project consists of three buildings containing 184 apartments ranging in size from studios up to three-bedrooms. Read full post »

Building Hope Receives Award of Excellence

BH exterior croppedFive months after opening its doors, our Building Hope expansion is back in the news. Modern Healthcare magazine gave the facility a Design Award of Excellence – the top honor in the magazine’s annual design competition.

The competition’s 76 entries were judged on design excellence, functional utility, flexibility and response to patients and families. The only other entry to receive an Award of Excellence in this year’s competition was Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. 

Designed by ZGF Architects, the Building Hope expansion provides cancer care, critical care and emergency care. “The award is an honor for us, but more importantly, it’s a direct reflection of Seattle Children’s commitment to innovation, good design and building a hospital for the future,” said Anita Rossen, associate partner with ZGF.


We’re Getting More Fiber

Fiber optic cable postWork started yesterday, Sept. 12, to bury fiber optic cable along portions of NE 50th Street and 44th Avenue NE as we build a computer network linking servers at Seattle Children’s with backup servers in Quincy, Wash.

A trench is being dug along the south median of 50th between the sidewalk and the curb starting at Sand Point Way NE and extending east to 44th Avenue. From there it will extend 150 feet south along the west side of 44th Avenue to the first utility pole.

The streets will remain open to vehicular traffic, but sidewalks will be closed within 50 feet of the work and there is no parking on the side of the street where the work is occurring. The work should take two or three days. Thanks for your patience as we complete this important project.

Penny Drive Work Wrapping Up

Penny Drive and Sand Point Way NESafety improvements to Penny Drive are nearly finished. The final step will occur this Sunday, Sept. 8, when workers restripe the crosswalks with a reflective white compound. Prep work, including some grinding, will begin around 1 p.m. Restriping will begin around 5 p.m. and be completed early Monday morning.

The equipment used to apply the compound will generate a small amount of noise – measured at 85 to 90 decibels right at the machine. Two security officers will help with traffic control and address any other issues that arise.

We appreciate your patience while we complete this important project. For any questions or comments, please call 206-987-2030.

This work is a completion of the Penny Drive project.

Teaching Garden Sprouts on Helipad Site

ayden_digs_webkirsten_radish_webCopy of ayden_picking_webAway flew the helipad and up popped a pea patch.

Children are learning to raise vegetables where emergency airlifts once landed in a teaching garden started by Children’s dietitian Kirsten Thompson. 

Thompson, whose master’s thesis was about gardening with kids, began looking for a place to plant a teaching garden when she joined Children’s in 2008. The opportunity finally arrived this spring when the Forest zone expansion – a.k.a. Building Hope – was completed and the helipad moved to a site near our new Emergency Department. 

This summer, Children’s patients like Ayden Mages tended the garden for an hour every Wednesday before heading inside with their families to prepare garden-inspired meals. The goal is to encourage and empower kids and families to eat healthy. 

The local Whole Food store brings groceries each week to supplement what the garden provides. After families cook, they take the leftover groceries and all they can harvest from the garden so they can prepare nutritious meals at home. 

Thompson was working with Ayden, 9, to help him control his high blood pressure when she invited him to lend a hand in the garden. “I like planting, watering, thinning and weeding,” Ayden says. “It’s been fun to learn this stuff.”

Although Ayden likes growing veggies better than eating them, he eats more of them since he started working in the garden. “He realizes now where vegetables come from and he at least tries them,” says his mom, Trisha.

The garden is a communal effort. A master gardener from the community designed the garden, volunteers built the beds and the Bloom for Children’s Guild maintains it on the days kids don’t.

In addition, a number of Thompson’s colleagues at Children’s helped her get the project off the ground, including Polly Lenssen, director of Nutrition, Jeff Hughes, manager of Grounds and Sustainability, Randy Katzenberg, groundskeeper, and Rachel Tefft, nutrition fellow.

Good growing, everyone!





Night Work Necessary to Make Bike Lane Safer

Penny Drive - night workThe bike lane on Penny Drive is getting a facelift that will make it safer by making it more visible. The entire surface is being coated with a reflective green compound. A white version of the same compound will be used to restripe all Penny Drive crosswalks. 

Work will take place Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18, between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. It’s necessary to work at night because the compound won’t adhere to the pavement if the ambient temperature is above 75 degrees. The equipment used to apply the compound will generate a small amount of noise – measured at 85 to 90 decibels right at the machine.

Besides improving Penny Drive’s bike lane and crosswalks, we’re upgrading pedestrian lighting and trimming foliage that obscures signs and connections to pathways. 

 Thanks for your patience while we complete this important project. For any questions or comments, please call 206.987.2030.

Return Of The Blog: Stay Tuned

013013_547 BVHAfter a brief hiatus following Building Hope’s opening, the Construction Blog is cranking up again. Look for regular postings to resume in the near future as we share important news about future events and projects at Seattle Children’s  – including plans for remodeling spaces that were vacated by units that moved to Building Hope.



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Nunes-Ueno Appears in Cycling Video

Bike breakfast 2 Bike breakfast 1Our own Paulo Nunes-Ueno, director of transportation and sustainability, appears in a video filmed for the annual Bike to Work Breakfast on May 2 benefitting the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. Seattle Children’s was a sponsor of the event, which raised $103,000 to help create a better community through bicycling.

The video is titled “Three Stories From the Road.” During his scene, Nunes-Ueno talks about Children’s efforts to reduce vehicle traffic by encouraging people to use alternative forms of transportation such as cycling. He also describes our investment to make it safer to bike in the neighborhood around the hospital through our Livable Streets Initiative. “I’ve got the best job where I get to encourage people to discover cycling and I get to work to make cycling safer and more attractive,” Nunes-Ueno says.