Construction Blog

The Construction Trailers are Setting Sail


The modular building and fleet of trailers stationed on the north side of the Building Hope expansion are pulling up anchor. The collection of temporary construction facilities is regrouping on the south side of the building over the next week or two. The facilities will remain there for the duration of the project. Read full post »

Work Near Whale Garage Starting Monday, April 30

You may notice a truck and trailer parked at the east end of the fire lane for the Whale Garage starting Monday, April 30. The rig will be there a few days while a contractor runs communication cable along Northeast 45th Street between the garage and the Building Hope expansion. Crews will be present throughout each work day, but the project will not conflict with access to the garage or the bus stops along 45th. In addition, the truck will not be left unattended so it can be moved in case of emergency.

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Steel, Glass, Stone and Tile

As contractors rapidly cover steel beams in a cladding of stone, metal and glass, it’s exciting to see how this combination of exterior materials is bringing our Building Hope expansion to life.

The number one goal for the design is to fit in – with existing Seattle Children’s buildings, with the surrounding landscape and with the neighborhood. Yet the design is also meant to be distinctive and incorporate playful touches befitting a children’s hospital. Read full post »

A Tale of Two Benches

Some people would look at vegetation covering a construction site as something to chop down and haul away. Not Jeff Hughes, grounds and sustainability manager at Seattle Children’s. When site preparation began for our Building Hope expansion, Hughes saw the property’s trees, shrubs and plants as something to rescue and replant elsewhere on the hospital campus. Read full post »

New Renderings of the Emergency Department

New renderings provide a revealing look at what to expect when our new emergency department opens with the rest of the Building Hope expansion next spring.  The renderings depict one of our 38 exam rooms and a central work station. Read full post »

Annual Garden Sale This Weekend

Don’t let the gray skies fool you. Spring is here – and so is the annual Seattle Children’s Garden Sale. Presented by the Laura Brigman Guild, the sale is this weekend, April 20-April 22, at our administrative offices, 6901 Sand Point Way N.E.  Hours are noon until 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 2 p. m. on Sunday. Read full post »

Update on The Curve Apartments

In December we introduced “The Curve,” a replacement housing project partnership between Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington.

We’re happy to report that The Curve project is right on target. Security Properties, in partnership with GGLO Architects, has submitted schematic designs for Children’s to approve; has selected a general contractor, Walsh Construction; and is preparing to submit a Master Use Permit application to the City of Seattle.  That submittal should take place by mid-June, beginning a sequence of design and permitting milestones that will lead to the start of construction in July 2014 and completion of the project in later 2014.  Read full post »

Fence Remodel and Landscaping Work along NE 45th Street Taking Place Monday, April 9

On Monday, April 9, some work will be taking place along NE 45th Street adjacent to the Building Hope construction site. Work includes opening up part of the fence on the east side to remove the brick wall and grade the area, which should be complete by end-of-day Monday. On Tuesday, crews will perform work to tie into the storm drain. They anticipate having the work complete by the end of the week, including sidewalk and fence replacement.

Sellen will have people in place to assist pedestrians around the work area. After hours, the work area will be covered, temporary fencing will be in place and the area will be secured for pedestrians.

Although the work will not impact street traffic, activities will be visible from NE 45th Street.


Building Interior Work

The work on the exterior of Seattle Children’s Building Hope expansion is clearly visible, but an enormous amount of work is taking place inside the new building too!

Crews are working hard to install the metal stud-framed walls that make up most of the interior partitions, as seen in this photo. They are also installing fire sprinklers on all floors, and running duct work for air handling units and conduit for all the power and lighting systems. Read full post »

Ground Covers, Grasses and Trees… Oh My!

Last week we shared how Seattle Children’s is incorporating green roofs into the new Building Hope expansion.  But there’s also a lot of green that will make its way back to the ground around the new expansion in the coming months.

Before the construction site was cleared, over 4,000 plants were saved so they could be replanted around the new expansion. They’ve been lovingly cared for by Children’s Grounds Maintenance team. Read full post »