Seattle Children’s Expansion - One Year In
On the one year anniversary of Seattle City Council’s approval of the Seattle Children’s expansion master plan, the initiative is well underway and progressing as planned.
Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion, the first phase of the expansion, is on schedule and expected to open for service in Spring 2013. Building Hope will incorporate an additional 121 new inpatient beds, including 80 single occupancy rooms for our cancer and Intensive Care Unit patients.
To see construction underway and a time lapse of progress to date, check out our Webcam: http://oxblue.com/pro/open/seattlechildrenshospital
Recent milestones include:
- Today: Interior Renderings Released. See the first interior renderings of Building Hope, which showcase the final design. Renderings provide a sneak peek into patient rooms, our family lounge area, and more: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38997016@N03/sets/72157626305241751/with/5590521890/
- March 29, 2011: Patients, Families and Staff Search for “Waldo” on the Construction Site. To share progress on the expansion, Children’s and its construction partners launched a “Where’s Waldo?” game on campus. Waldo will appear in different areas of the construction site throughout the duration of the expansion. http://construction.seattlechildrens.org/2011/03/where%e2%80%99s-waldo%e2%84%a2-comes-to-seattle-children%e2%80%99s-hospital/
- March 17, 2011: Certificate of Need Obtained. Children’s received its certificate of need from the Washington State Department of Health, approving the 121 additional beds on the hospital campus. http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/fsl/certneed/Docs/CN/CN1440.pdf
- December 20, 2010: Site Preparation Began. Building Hope site preparation began, with the team pledging to recycle the majority of materials removed during demolition. http://construction.seattlechildrens.org/2011/02/team-makes-progress-on-%e2%80%98green%e2%80%99-goal/
- December 12, 2010: Tree Relocation and Recycling Program Begins. Tree specialists began the process of relocating and recycling trees currently on the property. Some trees have been relocated to other areas on the property and others were removed and sent to a local sustainable furniture company to reclaim the wood for future use as wall covering, trim, flooring and furniture.
Children’s is working with the Seneca Group, Sellen Construction, and ZGF Architects to ensure Building Hope meets the needs of patients, families, staff, and our community. Additional space will be built out over the next 20 years, as needed.
Please check out our Construction Blog for ongoing updates on the expansion: http://construction.seattlechildrens.org/.
Additional background on Building Hope can be found here: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/buildinghope.
About Seattle Children’s
Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit www.seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.