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Upcoming Building Care Construction Activities: Nov. 2 to Nov. 8

Building Care construction is underway. There will be ongoing construction activity at the hospital campus until the building opens in spring 2022. Seattle Children’s will publish a weekly post on this Construction Blog that outlines the work expected to occur the following week. We will also post to this blog whenever a construction activity will be especially impactful to neighbors.

From Nov. 2 to Nov. 8, construction crews are scheduled to perform the following activities:

  • Pour concrete for slabs and walls
  • Framing
  • Paint
  • Install roofing
  • Install windows
  • Install elevator equipment
  • Install metal sheeting and panels
  • Install mechanical and electrical wiring and plumbing equipment
  • Install drywall
  • Install siding
  • Pressure washing
  • Install ceilings
  • Build out electrical, mechanical, telecommunication, machine and generator rooms
  • Install flooring
  • Build out interior spaces
  • Install sprinkler system
  • Building connection work:
    • Install infection prevention barriers and demolish ceiling, walls, and sprinklers on level 3 of River C
    • Demolish windows and utility wiring and install steel, seismic plate, and insulation on level 4 of River C
    • Framing and install drywall, expansion joint, and utility wiring on level 5 of River C
    • Paint and install expansion joint and drywall on level 6 of River C
    • Framing and install fireproofing on level 7 of River C
    • Seal floors and install ceiling on level L1 of Forest A
    • Paint and install utility wiring, seismic joints, and drywall on level 1 of Forest A
    • Paint on level 2 of Forest A
    • Install utility wiring, insulation, drywall, and seismic joint covers on level 3 of Forest A
    • Install seismic joints, utility wiring, and pneumatic tube connections on level 4 of Forest A
    • Trim utility wiring and install ceiling and flooring on level 5 of Forest A
    • Paint and install doors on level 6 of Forest A
    • Paint and remove infection prevention barriers on level 7 of Forest A
    • Paint and remove infection prevention barriers on level 8 of Forest A

Construction noise will be generated throughout the week. Expect heavy truck traffic, primarily for concrete and material deliveries. Construction activity is weather-dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

All work will take place within standard construction hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Upcoming Building Care Construction Activities: Oct. 26 to Nov. 1

Building Care construction is underway. There will be ongoing construction activity at the hospital campus until the building opens in spring 2022. Seattle Children’s will publish a weekly post on this Construction Blog that outlines the work expected to occur the following week. We will also post to this blog whenever a construction activity will be especially impactful to neighbors.

From Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, construction crews are scheduled to perform the following activities:

  • Pour concrete for slabs and walls
  • Framing
  • Paint
  • Install waterproofing
  • Install roofing
  • Install windows
  • Install elevator equipment
  • Install metal sheeting and panels
  • Install mechanical and electrical wiring and plumbing equipment
  • Install drywall
  • Install siding
  • Build out electrical, mechanical, telecommunication, machine and generator rooms
  • Install flooring
  • Build out interior spaces
  • Building connection work:
    • Set up infection prevention barriers and install temporary power on level 2 of River C
    • Set up infection prevention barriers and demolish walls and windows on level 4 of River C
    • Demolish windows, saw cut concrete, install seismic plate, and frame walls on level 5 of River C
    • Install utility wiring, insulation, and drywall on level 6 of River C
    • Install seismic plate on level 7 of River C
    • Paint and install utility wiring on level L1 of Forest A
    • Install utility wiring, seismic joints, and drywall on level 1 of Forest A
    • Install drywall and seismic joint covers on level 2 of Forest A
    • Install seismic joints, utility wiring, and pneumatic tube connections on level 3 of Forest A
    • Set walls and install utility wiring, seismic joints, and pneumatic tube connections on level 4 of Forest A
    • Paint and install utility wiring and flooring on level 5 of Forest A
    • Install utility wiring and flooring on level 6 of Forest A
    • Install flooring on level 7 of Forest A
    • Install flooring on level 8 of Forest A
    • Install flooring and remove barriers on level 9 of Forest A

Construction noise will be generated throughout the week. Expect heavy truck traffic, primarily for concrete and material deliveries. Construction activity is weather-dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

All work will take place within standard construction hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Building Care Tower Crane to Be Removed

The Building Care tower crane will be dismantled and removed from the hospital grounds the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25. Expect increased noise and truck activity to and from the construction site that weekend. A mobile crane will arrive at the site around noon on Friday, Oct. 23, in preparation for the removal.

Sellen Construction has submitted a noise variance request to the City of Seattle, which would allow work to occur outside standard construction hours as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct. 24, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We do not anticipate any impacts to street parking or traffic flow.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Upcoming Building Care Construction Activities: Oct. 19 to Oct. 25

Building Care construction is underway. There will be ongoing construction activity at the hospital campus until the building opens in spring 2022. Seattle Children’s will publish a weekly post on this Construction Blog that outlines the work expected to occur the following week. We will also post to this blog whenever a construction activity will be especially impactful to neighbors.

From Oct. 19 to Oct. 25, construction crews are scheduled to perform the following activities:

  • Dismantle and remove tower crane (see separate blog post called “Building Care Tower Crane to Be Removed” for details)
  • Pour concrete for slabs and walls
  • Framing
  • Paint
  • Install roofing
  • Install windows
  • Install elevator equipment
  • Install metal sheeting and panels
  • Install mechanical and electrical wiring and plumbing equipment
  • Install drywall
  • Install siding
  • Build out electrical, mechanical, telecommunication, machine and generator rooms
  • Install flooring
  • Build out interior spaces
  • Set air handling units
  • Building connection work:
    • Set up infection prevention barriers and demolish walls, ceilings, and windows on level 5 of River C
    • Install insulation and drywall on level 6 of River C
    • Form and pour concrete slab on level 7 of River C
    • Paint on level L1 of Forest A
    • Frame walls, set walls, and install utility wiring, steel beam, and fireproofing on level 1 of Forest A
    • Complete framing and install utility wiring and pneumatic tube connections on level 2 of Forest A
    • Set walls and install seismic joints and pneumatic tube connections on level 3 of Forest A
    • Set walls on level 4 of Forest A
    • Install seismic joint covers on level 5 of Forest A
    • Paint on level 6 of Forest A
    • Paint, patch ceiling, trim utility wiring, and install flooring on level 7 of Forest A
    • Trim utility wiring and install flooring on level 8 of Forest A
    • Paint, install drywall, and trim utility wiring on level 9 of Forest A

Construction noise will be generated throughout the week. There will be increased truck activity and noise on Oct. 24 and 25 associated with the removal of the tower crane (see separate blog post called “Building Care Tower Crane to Be Removed” for details). In general, expect heavy truck traffic, primarily for concrete and material deliveries. Construction activity is weather-dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

The tower crane removal will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25. All other work will take place within standard construction hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Update on Landscaping Maintenance Along 45th Ave NE

Meghan Fuller, manager of the Grounds department, provided the following update on the landscaping work happening along 45th Ave NE.

The area between the Ocean parking garage and 45th Ave NE has been neglected since it was planted in about 2003. If you look from 45th, you’ll see the area is covered with trees – however not one of those trees below the wall was purposely planted; they all blew in as volunteer weed trees. They include cottonwoods, willows, a horse chestnut, quaking aspen, and other trees. They do create a wonderful screen for the neighborhood, however, so that part is a blessing. But unfortunately, the lower area also became filled with dense blackberry – so dense that it has grown up 20+’ in some places, into the trees and to the area above the wall.

Dense blackberry climbs up trees, shades out other plants, and over time kills things trapped underneath it. The area at the north end, above the retaining wall, was so infested that no living plants remained underneath. If you go there now, you’ll notice a large fallen dead pine tree lying on the slope – it’s obviously been there for years, but the blackberry was so incredibly dense and tall, and the area so inaccessible, that we didn’t even know it was in there until we removed the blackberry.

This past Spring, we began the process of renovating the full length of the space above the retaining wall to create a dense but beautiful screen of shrubs and trees for the neighbors.

Here’s a list of what we’re doing:

  1. Cut down blackberries and hand dig out the roots.
  2. Remove ivy off trees, as that also kills them over time.
  3. Remove dead shrubs and trees (we are not removing living plants, just things that are dead or nearly dead).
  4. Have our tree company prune off large dead branches that could be a hazard if they fell.
  5. Mulch the area to prevent weeds and erosion.
  6. This fall, winter, and spring, begin adding trees, shrubs, ferns, and small plants to create a multi-layered canopy and understory of plantings that result in a much more effective visual and sound barrier, not just at the edge of the 45th sidewalk, but across the full depth of the space.
  7. Then we’ll begin clearing & digging the blackberry and dead plants out of the area below the retaining wall. Any hazardous or dead/dying trees will be removed (there are only a few) and the rest of the living trees and shrubs will remain. The area underneath will also be replanted with a mix of trees, shrubs, and understory plantings to add to the visual barrier between the hospital and neighborhood.

Replanting in this area will happen over the next few months to fill in portions of the perimeter where there is visibility to the hospital. To the extent possible, we will select large plants as replacements. Our grounds crew has already installed green landscaping fabric where there are gaps.

As the space comes together and begins to grow in with new plantings, we hope neighbors will be very pleased with it. It is a much-needed improvement that will be designed to last years into the future. Please know that I am very committed to creating and maintaining an effective and beautiful barrier between the hospital and neighborhood – and as a grounds manager, it’s important to me that it’s healthy and sustainable for years to come, and does not include weed infestations, hazardous trees, or areas so dense that they cannot be maintained.


Upcoming Building Care Construction Activities: Oct. 12 to Oct. 18

Building Care construction is underway. There will be ongoing construction activity at the hospital campus until the building opens in spring 2022. Seattle Children’s will publish a weekly post on this Construction Blog that outlines the work expected to occur the following week. We will also post to this blog whenever a construction activity will be especially impactful to neighbors.

From Oct. 12 to Oct. 18, construction crews are scheduled to perform the following activities:

  • Pour concrete for slabs and walls
  • Framing
  • Paint
  • Install roofing
  • Set walls
  • Install windows
  • Install metal sheeting and panels
  • Install mechanical and electrical wiring and plumbing equipment
  • Install drywall
  • Install siding
  • Build out electrical, mechanical, machine and generator rooms
  • Install insulation
  • Install flooring
  • Install sprinkler systems
  • Build out interior spaces
  • Set air handling units
  • Electrical power installation (Seattle City Light)
  • Building connection work:
    • Set up infection prevention barriers on level 5 of River C
    • Saw cut concrete, install seismic plate, frame walls, and demolish windows, walls, and ceilings on level 6 of River C
    • Set up infection prevention barriers and start demolition on level 7 of River C
    • Install seismic joint covers and drywall on level L1 of Forest A
    • Install drywall and utility wiring on level 1 of Forest A
    • Set walls on level 2 of Forest A
    • Set walls and install seismic joints on level 3 of Forest A
    • Complete framing and install seismic joints, utility wiring, and pneumatic tube connections on level 4 of Forest A
    • Install utility wiring, insulation, and drywall on level 5 of Forest A
    • Install drywall and seismic joint covers on level 6 of Forest A
    • Trim utility wiring on level 8 of Forest A
    • Install gurneyway connection and drywall on level 9 of Forest A

Construction noise will be generated throughout the week. Internally, the loudest activity will be the demolition and saw cutting on River C levels 6 and 7. Expect heavy truck traffic, primarily for concrete and material deliveries. Construction activity is weather-dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

All work will take place within standard construction hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Drill Rig on Hospital Campus from Sept. 21 to Oct. 9

As a part of preliminary work for Project Copper (the proposed surgery pavilion and parking garage) on the hospital campus, a geotechnical consultant will be onsite to collect soil samples using a drill rig. The work is scheduled for approximately three weeks between Sept. 21 to Oct. 9 and will be done during regular work hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Soil samples will be collected in Lot 4 and near the Ocean 7 staff entrance.

Construction noise will be generated during this work. The impact to neighbors is expected to be minimal; staff and patient families will likely hear the most noise. Expect to see large trucks and heavy equipment onsite, with some parking restrictions in Lot 4 during this work. Construction activity is weather-dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Tree Work at Hospital Campus, Sept. 14 to Sept. 18

Tree Work at Hospital Campus, Sept. 14 to Sept. 18

Bartlett Tree Experts is scheduled to perform tree work at the Seattle Children’s hospital campus from Monday, Sept. 14, to Friday, Sept. 18. The work includes removing trees that are dying or hazardous, pruning healthy trees to remove dead or low branches, and removing branches leaning on structures.

Activities will take place throughout the hospital campus, including along the perimeters. Bucket trucks will temporarily park on the south side of NE 50th Street, the west side of 45th Avenue NE, and the north side of NE 45th Street. We do not expect any traffic impacts; the sidewalks, however, will be closed in those areas while work is underway.

Crews will use chainsaws and chippers, which will generate noise, each day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We expect this work will have minimal impact on the perimeter tree buffer.

If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.


Upcoming Building Care Construction Activities: Aug. 17 to Aug. 23

Building Care construction is underway. There will be ongoing construction activity at the hospital campus until the building opens in spring 2022. Seattle Children’s will publish a weekly post on this Construction Blog that outlines the work expected to occur the following week. We will also post to this blog whenever a construction activity will be especially impactful to neighbors.

From Aug. 17 to Aug. 23, construction crews are scheduled to perform the following activities:

  • Pour concrete for walls and shafts
  • Install fireproofing
  • Framing
  • Paint
  • Install roofing
  • Install windows
  • Install metal sheeting
  • Install elevator equipment
  • Install mechanical and electrical wiring and plumbing equipment
  • Set air handling units
  • Install drywall
  • Install siding
  • Build out electrical, mechanical, generator and pneumatic tube blower rooms
  • Install pneumatic tube stations
  • Core drilling
  • Install insulation
  • Install flooring
  • Build out interior spaces
  • Work in existing buildings:
    • Install utility wiring and pipes, install ceiling grid, install drywall, and paint on River B level 3 in old vending machine location for Starbucks coffee cart
    • Install flooring, paneling, and doors in new chapel location on River A level 7
    • Install utility wiring and paint in conference rooms on Forest A level 2
  • Building connection work:
    • Remove infection prevention barriers on lower level 1 of Forest A
    • Set up infection prevention barriers on level 1 of Forest A
    • Set up infection prevention barriers and begin demolition on level 2 of Forest A
    • Demolition and install steel on level 3 of Forest A
    • Set walls and install seismic joints on level 4 of Forest A
    • Install seismic joints, install utility wiring, install pneumatic tube connections, and framing on level 5 of Forest A
    • Complete framing and install mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and insulation on level 6 of Forest A
    • Install mechanical, electrical, and plumbing connections and complete framing on level 7 of Forest A
    • Install insulation, drywall, and ceiling tiles and rework infection prevention barriers on level 8 of Forest A
    • Install utility wiring and framing on level 9 of Forest A

Construction noise will be generated throughout the week. The fireproofing will generate some odors. Expect heavy truck traffic, primarily for concrete and material deliveries. Construction activity is weather-dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

All work will take place within standard construction hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Please call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.


Tree Removal at Hospital Campus, July 8

On Wednesday, July 8, Bartlett Tree Experts will remove some dead and dying trees from around the perimeter of Seattle Children’s hospital campus. The work will occur along the south side of NE 47th Street, the west side of 45th Avenue NE, and the north side of NE 45th Street. Crews will use chainsaws and chippers, which will generate noise. We do not expect any traffic impacts. This work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will replant to fill any visible holes in the fall.

If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.