Construction Blog

Icy Roads Are No Treat

Ice is great for skating and keeping drinks cold, but driving? Not so much. When the sun goes down, so do temperatures, and any moisture that appears on the road during the day can become black ice at night. Take special care rounding corners and going downhill and give yourself plenty of room to brake.  We appreciate your extra caution around the Building Hope construction site.


Intersection Work Rolls Toward Completion

Signal Update Jan 14th Blog PostBear with us just a little longer. The traffic disruptions caused by work on a redesigned intersection at 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way NE will end in the next few weeks when we complete construction and activate the new traffic signal.

We recently installed the second of two signal arms and removed a number of street trees so we can add a left turn lane onto 40th Avenue NE. The signal, turn lane and crosswalks will help traffic flow smoother and make it safe for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Sand Point Way at this busy spot.  

Thanks once again for your continued patience as we complete this project and please remain alert for flaggers and signs indicating temporary traffic revisions.

Giraffe Vestibule Set For Removal

Progress Photos 01-13-11 005The completion of paving and landscaping near the Giraffe entrance to Seattle Children’s means we can remove the temporary vestibule we built outside the entrance. The vestibule will be dismantled Saturday, Jan. 19.  

We built the vestibule to protect our fragile patients from dust and debris during Building Hope construction. An industrial hygienist, who regularly tests the air in and around the hospital, recently determined the vestibule was no longer required.  Read full post »

Pose With Animals Before They Depart

Giraffe - Blog PostWe’re rounding up and relocating many of the decorative animals that make their homes in Seattle Children’s hallways. But first we’re inviting everyone to be photographed with a giraffe or zebra – or both.

 Our photographer will take commemorative photos on the first floor of the Giraffe Building near the vending machines on: Thursday, Jan. 10, from 2-7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. We’ll email your pictures a few weeks later.

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A Cold Reminder: Drive Safely

Frosty lawns and frozen windshields are sure signs that Old Man Winter has a firm grip on the weather. As overnight temperatures flirt with the freezing level, roads can get deceptively icy even without snow. Please drive safely and – as always – remain alert for flaggers and traffic revisions around the Building Hope construction site. We appreciate your patience.

Restroom Doors Combine Safety and Beauty

Shower Door Art 2Restroom doors don’t  have to be just doors. They can also contribute to a safe and serene environment. The sliding glass doors in each patient room of our Building Hope expansion feature designs by artist Amy Ruppel – part of our use of artwork throughout the building to create an overall sense of healing.

Ruppel created four different forest scenes. One of the four is etched into each panel of the door. Every door includes one panel with the same design. The second panel features one of the other scenes. Read full post »

Holidays Bring Short Pauses

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Building Hope construction will take a short pause during the holidays. There will be no work on Jan. 1.  We wish much joy to you and your family during this special time of year.

Sidewalk and Cycle Path Are Open

cycle and foot path A new sidewalk and cycle path between Penny Drive and 40th Avenue NE is ready to stroll and pedal.  However, we still need to complete striping and landscaping, so expect occasional closures for the next few weeks.

The sidewalk and cycle path run along our frontage with Sand Point Way and link up with the new traffic signal and crossing we’re building at 40th Avenue NE. The concrete sidewalk is five feet wide. The asphalt bike path is five feet wide in each direction. The project includes a large bus waiting zone at the midway point where Metro Transit will install a bus shelter.

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Intersection Improvements on Schedule

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We’re about a month away from completing work on a redesigned intersection at 40th Avenue NE and Sand Point Way NE. The revamped intersection will feature a new traffic signal that will improve traffic flow and make it safer and easier to cross the street at this busy spot.

 Most work on the east side of Sand Point Way is complete – including installing a signal arm and building curbs, sidewalks and a cycle path. Over the next few weeks, we’ll install a second signal arm and complete curb and sidewalk work on the west side. We’ll also remove some street trees from the median so we can create a left turn lane onto 40th Avenue NE. Keep an eye out for signs indicating temporary traffic restrictions.

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Waldo Shares His Holiday Spirit

WaldoEvery year about this time, people tease me about my red and white sweater. They say, “Waldo, you look like a candy cane.” That’s OK. I love the holiday season and all the traditions that come with it. Some of my favorite holiday traditions are drinking eggnog, singing “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and, um, standing under the mistletoe.

 What are some of your favorite traditions? Wait. Let me guess. I bet you like getting presents. I know I do – as long as they aren’t socks, underwear or fruitcake.

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