The holiday season brings much joy – and much racing to the mall, rushing to the grocery store and dashing to parties. With so much to do in such a short time, it’s easy to become impatient and distracted behind the wheel. Please drive carefully wherever you’re headed. If your travels take you past the Building Hope construction site, stay alert for flaggers and traffic revision signs. Thanks for your patience … and Happy Holidays!
There’s more to completing our Building Hope expansion than driving the final nail and applying the final coat of paint. We also need to integrate the new building with the existing hospital. That means introducing a new wayfinding system, updating our information system and making other adjustments to meld our growing campus.
Although Building Hope won’t open its doors until spring, we’re counting the days until we roll out a host of carefully coordinated changes to the existing hospital on Jan. 20. Here’s a preview of what to expect starting with the new wayfinding system.
We’ve reorganized the hospital into four new zones that blend our new spaces with our old spaces and logically divide the campus in a way that makes it easy to navigate. Each zone has a dedicated color, icon and artistic theme based on a different feature of Pacific Northwest geography. The zones are Forest (green), River (orange), Mountain (purple) and Ocean (blue).
The Building Hope site is becoming brighter and safer as more and more exterior lighting is tested, adjusted and turned on. We’ve activated new street lights along Sand Point Way NE and are about to flip the switch on lights in the landscaped buffer along NE 45th Street. Parking lot lights will follow over the next several weeks.
The small park we’re building at the corner of 40th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street will bear a proud and familiar name: The William and June Boeing Park and Garden Walk. The naming of the park honors the Boeing family’s eight decades of commitment to Seattle Children’s – including a recent $1 million gift from William Boeing Jr. and his wife, June, in support of our Building Hope expansion. Read full post »
We’re designing and building a new connection to the Burke Gilman trail near the Hartman Building at Sand Point Way NE and 40th Avenue NE. You’re invited to share your ideas for the connection at an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gould Hall at the University of Washington. http://www.washington.edu/maps/
Bring the family. We’ll be fitting kids for free bike helmets, providing free bike safety inspections and holding a bicycle fun and safety workshop. Read full post »
A tree is a terrible thing to waste. Jeff Hughes, grounds and sustainability manager at Seattle Children’s, is constantly saving or recycling trees displaced by construction around our campus. The latest example: six trees that must be removed from the median on Sand Pont Way NE near 40th Avenue NE where we’re installing a new traffic light and bike/pedestrian crossing.
Hughes will dig up three cedar trees and replant them in a nearby site on our campus. Three pin oaks, which wouldn’t survive being transplanted, will be cut down but their wood will be saved to create benches. Read full post »
If we sound like a broken record, it’s because we care. Although most Building Hope work has moved inside, there’s still plenty of construction activity occurring around the perimeter as we improve streets and sidewalks in the area. With great thanks for your patience, we ask again that you heed flaggers and traffic revision signs when traveling near the construction site. Read full post »
Guest Blog with Dawn Cotter, director of Emergency Services
The Emergency Department at Seattle Children’s provides exceptional care when a seriously ill or injured child needs immediate help. Starting this spring, we’ll also provide an exceptional environment in our new home on the first floor of Building Hope.
We’ve looked forward to this move for a long time. Our staff is an amazing team with a talent for meeting challenges, but our existing ED wasn’t built to accommodate the flood of patients coming through the door. To handle growing volume, we currently care for emergency patients in two separate spaces – an inconvenient and inefficient situation for families and staff alike. Read full post »
Inspired by our Building Hope expansion, glassybaby stores in University Village, Madrona and Bellevue are donating 10% from sales of a hand-blown glass piece dubbed Hope to the Seattle Children’s Emergency Patient Assistance Fund.
Hope is an opaque votive holder that is pure white and shines with a bright crisp glow when lit. Give one as a holiday gift and you will warm the heart of the recipient through Hope’s beauty and through its support for our emergency patient assistance fund. Read full post »
The winter solstice – when the days finally stop growing shorter and darker — is Dec 21. That’s the good news. The bad news is daylight will remain in short supply – and visibility reduced – for many weeks. As work continues on our Building Hope expansion, please keep a close eye out for flaggers and traffic revision signs when traveling near the construction site. Thanks!
Questions? Please call:
24-Hour Emergency Hotline: