Construction Blog

Say Hello to PICU East

 

Months of planning, remodeling and moving culminated Monday, Oct. 15, with the opening of a six-bed unit to care for critically ill and injured children. The new PICU East offsets the temporary loss of seven beds in the existing Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) that were displaced by construction of the Building Hope skybridge.

The skybridge connects Building Hope to the Train Building on five levels. As the skybridge punches through, we must close spaces on each level for construction – including a portion of the PICU on level 4. Read full post »


An Exceptional Healing Environment for Cancer Patients

Guest Blog with Susan Geiduschek, Director, Hematology/Oncology & Inpatient SCCA

Children who are fighting for their lives deserve the best – the best treatment, the best medical staff and the best facilities. The Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Seattle Children’s has always provided exceptional care. As we prepare to move into Building Hope next spring, we look forward to providing an exceptional healing environment.

There’s a lot for everyone to be excited about in the new building. Because we’re expanding the cancer unit to 48 beds, every patient will have their own room. That alone is a huge improvement. When patients share a room, it’s more challenging to control infection – and more difficult for families to find the privacy they need. A cancer diagnosis is a long and difficult journey with many different emotional stages. Private rooms will make patients and families feel more comfortable during the highs and lows of this very personal experience. Read full post »


Weekend Update: Pressure Washing and (Possibly) Paving

We’re giving the Whale 4 and 5 parking lots a good scrubbing this weekend. The two lots will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, for pressure washing and remain closed through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Staff members who usually park in the Whale 4 or 5 lots should use lots 3 or 4. Bicyclists who typically use the Whale 5 bike cage should use an alternate bike cage. Extra security staff will provide assistance. Weekend pressure washing will continue at other locations through November. Check this blog for updates.

If the weather remains relatively dry, we’ll also pave Penny Drive this weekend. Demolition and removal of pavement is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Repaving is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Security will direct traffic. Staff who park on the main campus on weekends may experience slight delays entering and exiting parking lots. Read full post »


Paving on Penny Drive Oct. 12-13

If the weather remains dry, paving will take place on Penny Drive this weekend. Demolition and removal of pavement sections will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, starting at 11 a.m.; this work will be complete by 5 p.m. Friday. Repaving work will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 9 a.m. and will be complete by 5 p.m. Security Services will be onsite to help direct traffic; staff who park on the main campus on weekends may experience slight delays getting to and from parking lots.

 

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316


Pedestrian and Traffic Disruptions Near Main Campus

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) continues to replace the gas main along Sand Point Way NE between Mary Gates Memorial Drive and NE 52nd Street. Most work is taking place overnight, between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Although this work is not related to Building Hope, this new gas main will tie in to the new line already installed at 40th Ave NE. Read full post »


Quiet Evening Work Begins Monday

You may notice the lights on late inside the ground floor of Building Hope starting Monday, Oct. 8. Our contractor, Sellen Construction, will be quietly completing some evening work within the Emergency Department during the next several weeks.

 

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316


Artwork Supports Healing and Wayfinding

Lifesaving medical care awaits patients and families coming to Building Hope. And so does a comforting and welcoming environment.

We’re using artwork to create an overall sense of healing and to help people find their way. Inspired by natural themes, the artwork will tell a story, be fun to look at and provide a positive distraction for people of all ages. Read full post »


Timeline Describes Monthly Milestones

Guest Blog with Todd Johnson, VP Facilities

As we count down to the opening of Building Hope in April, I’m pleased to share the latest monthly milestones for the building and related projects.

October – Curb extensions along 40th Avenue NE. Grading and paving on north side of Building Hope site. Elevator from inpatient parking lot to Train entrance. Grading and other work on east, south and west sides of site.

October/December – Construction fence removed. Temporary construction fence in place

December – Sand Point Way improvements, including a new traffic signal and a two-way cycle track in front of the hospital with separate paths for bikes and pedestrians Read full post »


Possible Traffic Delays on Sand Point Way in Front of Main Hospital Campus, Oct. 1 (UPDATE)

Update 4:18 p.m:

Traffic has now been restored in accordance with the construction traffic control plan.  Thank you for your patience.

 

 

Due to a fallen power pole in the northbound lanes of Sand Point Way in front of the main campus, you may experience traffic disruptions. All traffic has been re-routed to the two southbound lanes.

There are no disruptions to power at the hospital.

Seattle City Light is onsite now; repair work is expected to last several hours. Thank you for your patience.

 

Questions?  Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

24-Hour Emergency Hotline:
Sellen Construction
Tim McKey
Project Superintendent
206.971.3316


Nature Paints Healing Picture

Rainbows are nature’s shimmering reminder that hope follows the storm. Our Building Hope expansion delivers a similar message to children and families facing a life-threatening illness or injury. When nature recently unfurled a rainbow above the new building, it painted an inspiring picture of healing.