Construction Blog

Park Honors Boeing Family Legacy

BoeingThe 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 »

Share Your Ideas for Trail Connection

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.

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 »

Saving Trees is Second Nature

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 »

One More Time: Please Be Careful!

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 »

Excitement Builds Over New ED

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 »

Give a Gift That Gives Back

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 »

Dark Days Demand Caution

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:

Information: 206-987-6197

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

New Model Will Improve ED Flow

Nobody looks forward to visiting the Emergency Department, but when the need arises, families deserve a safe, timely and welcoming experience. Seattle Children’s will raise the bar this spring when our ED moves into the first floor of Building Hope.

The new ED increases capacity, expands the size of patient rooms and arranges the rooms around central work stations that improve staff visibility, teamwork and communication. But the physical changes are just the beginning. After years of planning and with input from families and staff, we’re improving the way patients and families flow through the ED and how caregivers respond to their needs. Read full post »

A Day to be Thankful


As families across the country gather to feast and give thanks, we’re thankful for the community’s support of our Building Hope expansion and the opportunity to care for more children. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Seattle Children’s.

Be Careful! It’s Monsoon Season

November is Seattle’s rainiest month of the year. Slick pavement, standing water and limited visibility make driving, cycling and walking hazardous. With rain falling in record amounts, please remain alert and be sure to obey all traffic revision signs and flaggers when traveling the streets surrounding our Building Hope construction site. We appreciate your caution and patience as we expand to meet the needs of the community.


Questions? Please call:

Information: 206-987-6197

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