Construction Blog

Open House Kicks Off Livable Streets Work

Guest Blog with Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director of  Transportation & Sustainability

If success can be measured in numbers of smiling kids, our Livable Streets Open House was off-the-charts. We tuned up bikes, gave away bike helmets and watched dozens of happy children take a spin around our skills and thrills bike course. The event also succeeded on another level as we once again connected with the community to share information about our Livable Streets Initiative. Thank you to all who attended. Read full post »

Waldo Says Trees are Cool

Hey there, Waldo fans, can you believe summer is finally here? I love summer, but when you walk as much as I do, the hot sun can make you extra tired. I’m lucky, though, because I can always find a shady place to rest under one of the many trees here. As a matter of fact, I’m resting under one as I write this blog.

Besides giving shade, trees do a lot of other cool (pardon the pun) things. Can you think of any other benefits trees provide?

There are about 100,000 different types of trees in the world. How many different kinds of trees can you name? Do you know which type is the tallest in the world? It’s the coast Redwood and we have one right here at Seattle Children’s! In the forest, it can grow more than 300 feet tall. That’s about as tall as a football field is long.

Did you know that that largest living thing in the world is a tree? This giant Sequoia – nicknamed General Sherman – grows in California and weighs more than 2,000 tons. That’s about the same as 10 train locomotives or 70 gray whales

Here’s another crazy fact. A certain kind of tree, the great bristlecone pine, can live to be more than 4,000 years old. We don’t have any great bristlecone pines here at Seattle Children’s, but we do have some trees that are more than 50 years old. That’s half a century!

The more I learn about trees, the more fascinating they become. Besides being just plain amazing, trees can also be a lot of fun to play on. How many ways can you think of to have fun with a tree?

Well, I think I’ve rested long enough, so I’m going to stop writing and start walking until the next time I find something interesting to share with you. So long!

Work Pauses for Fourth of July

There’ll be no construction on Wednesday, July 4, as we join all Americans in celebrating our nation’s birthday. Please be safe as you enjoy this special day.



An Update on Upcoming Site Work

As the spaces within our Building Hope expansion continue to take shape, we’re preparing to begin planned improvements around the perimeter of the site and across Sand Point Way NE in front of the Hartmann property.  You will begin to see work on these improvements in early July. Read full post »

A Commitment to Safer, Healthier Streets

Guest Blog with Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director of  Transportation & Sustainability

In my last two blogs, I described how sustainability drove the choice of building materials for our Building Hope expansion and how the new facility will conserve natural resources.  But our commitment to creating a safe and healthy environment extends beyond our campus. As we planned the expansion, we created a Livable Streets initiative that supports our focus on green and sustainable design by improving how people travel to and from Seattle Children’s. Read full post »

Don’t forget, our Livable Streets Open House is this Saturday, June 23

People of all ages are invited to participate in the open house and several activities just for kids will be provided, including:

• Free bike helmets with complimentary fitting
• Bicycle safety and fun workshop
• Free kids bike safety inspections

Saturday, June 23, 2012
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gould Hall

University of Washington

3949 15th Ave NE
224 Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

Click here for a map and directions




CPI Guides Our Quest to Fight Waste

Our vision hasn’t changed in more than 100 years.  We believe all children should grow up free from illness and injury. What has changed is the world around us. Efficiency is more important than ever in today’s health care environment. That’s why Seattle Children’s is one of the first medical centers in the country to apply Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) methods to the delivery of health care – including the design and operation of our Building Hope expansion. Read full post »

Conservation strategies, going the extra mile

Guest Blog with Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director of Transportation & Sustainability

Seattle Children’s is committed to designing, constructing and operating all of our facilities in the most sustainable way we can. As we planned our Building Hope expansion, we went the extra mile to go green.

In my last blog, I shared with you how sustainability drove our choice of building materials. Here are some details about how we’ll conserve natural resources and improve the natural habitat. Read full post »

Healthy Choices Drive Design and Construction

Guest Blog with Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director of  Transportation & Sustainability

Our first priority when we started planning our Building Hope expansion was to create a safe, healing and welcoming environment for patients and families. But we didn’t stop there. We also committed to making the healthiest choices possible in every phase of design and construction – healthy for the building’s occupants, the neighborhood and the planet. Read full post »

Exterior Mock Up Coming Down

With the exterior of our Building Hope expansion complete, it’s time to retire the mock up we built adjacent to the new building.  We’re dismantling the 31-foot tall mock up over the next two weeks. Read full post »