Construction Blog

Whew! Wow! And Thanks!

RB AYA 1There’s only one thing left to say after the safe and successful opening of Building Hope last week: Whew! Or maybe: Wow! And: Thanks!

Patients from our Cancer Care, Pediatric Intensive Care and Cardiac Intensive Care units completed a smooth move into bright and shiny spaces in the Forest zone on April 21 while our new and improved Emergency Department – complete with its own radiology center – opened its doors right on schedule at 7 a.m. on April 23.

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New ED Opens Doors This Morning

New ED Exterior 1 New ED Interior New ED Interior 2 New ED Exterior 2Two days after cancer and intensive care patients moved into the top floors of Building Hope, our new Emergency Department opened at 7 a.m. today (April 23) on the ground floor of the building – designated as the Forest zone in our new way finding system. The helistop also moved to a new site in the southwest corner of the Forest zone parking area.

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Simulated Shifts Provide Invaluable Experience

ED 1 ED 3Baseball teams hold spring training to get ready for opening day and the many games ahead. We did the same thing to prepare for the April 21 opening of Building Hope and the many years to come.

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Here’s The Lowdown On The Move-In

Transport_webThe last step in Building Hope’s journey is the most important one. In little more than a week, we will move the first patients into the new building – designated the Forest zone in our new wayfinding system. We began preparing for the move a year ago and are excited to share details of our plan to ensure a safe and smooth transition.

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Intense Preparations Ensure Safe Opening

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Don’t let the peaceful scene outside Building Hope fool you. As the calendar brings us closer to the day we welcome the first patients into the Forest zone on April 21st, the inside is buzzing with activity. We began setting up, moving in, testing and training on March 1 and won’t stop until we’ve done everything necessary to provide safe care from day one.

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Access To Patios Restored

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The completion of Building Hope means we can open the exterior doors that were closed for safety during construction. We’re restoring access to patios outside the Family Resource Center on River 7, the Starbucks on River 3 and various staff lounges. The play area outside the playroom on Mountain 4 is also open. Thanks your patience while access to exterior spaces was restricted. Now get out there and enjoy spring!

Artists See Their Work Come Alive

Artists at BHArtists often show their work in galleries, but it was a special thrill for Amy Ruppel of Portland, Ore., and Ryan Meis and Sarah Labieniec of Lab Partners in Oakland, Calif., to see their designs come alive throughout an entire hospital. They created the artwork for the new wayfinding system for Building Hope and the rest of the Seattle Children’s campus.

We were pleased Amy, Ryan and Sarah visited us last week so we could pass along all the compliments we’ve received about their work. Amy’s art is featured on glass and walls within Building Hope patient units and emergency department while Ryan’s and Sarah’s art is featured in public spaces throughout the campus. They all should be proud.

Airlift Team Completes Test Flight

Helipad test A helicopter from Airlift Northwest landed at our new helistop today (March 27). The test flight allowed the airlift team to evaluate the landing site and simulate transferring a patient from the helicopter to the new Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit inside Building Hope.

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Thnx 4 the memories

LB and Waldo - BH Opening EventsBuilding Hope will open soon. That means my work here is done – at least for now. I was busy packing for a new adventure when my cell phone started playing Gangnam Style. Awesome ringtone, huh? It was a text message from Lisa Brandenburg.  She’s the president of Seattle Children’s. “Hey Waldo. Thnx 4 all ur help the last 2 yrs. B4 u  go, I want 2 invite u to 1 of r Building Hope celebrations.” I texted back right away. “Luv 2. C u there!” The celebration was a ton of fun. We took lots of pictures that I will carry with me wherever I go! All I can say is, :-).

Thanks For Helping Us Celebrate

BH Tent Up Tent DownBuilding Hope opens in less than a month. Like proud parents, we couldn’t wait to show it off, so we invited the community, our supporters and our staff to help us celebrate at a variety of special events last week. To everyone who came, thank you.  We’d also like to give a shout out to our neighbors. Your patience with the extra activities and traffic was greatly appreciated.