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.
- 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
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.
Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.
Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.
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