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Seattle Children’s Hospital Celebrates Growth With Site Dedication Ceremony

May 05, 2011

First phase of expansion will open for service in 2013

Today, Seattle Children’s hosted a site dedication ceremony to celebrate the first construction phase of the hospital’s expansion plan to move from a 254-bed facility, to a 500 to 600-bed facility by 2030. Photos from the event can be found here:

The event drew members of the community, patients and their families, Children’s staff, Senator Scott White, Children’s CEO Dr. Tom Hansen, as well as project partners Sellen Construction, ZGF Architects LLP and the Seneca Group. Building Hope, the first phase of the expansion, will be completed in 2013.

Serving a four-state region including Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, Children’s launched this expansion to serve a growing regional pediatric population that is increasing faster than the national average. It will add 330,000 square feet of space to Children’s, and includes 60 to 80 additional inpatient beds for cancer and critical care patients. An improved emergency department will also be built if enough funding is raised.

“We’re expanding our Seattle campus to better serve our most vulnerable patients, including children who need services like cancer and emergency care,” shared Lisa Brandenburg, senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Children’s. “The need is great and continues to grow.”

The site dedication event took place on the Children’s construction site and included:

  • Displays showing what the interior and exterior spaces will look like
  • An elementary-age choir from Green Lake neighborhood Daniel Bagley Elementary School singing, “What One Little Person Can Do”
  • A blessing ceremony by members of the hospital’s pastoral care team and other area spiritual leaders
  • A green ribbon-tying ceremony celebrating growth, renewal, health, and respect for the environment, hosted by Steve Ross, co-chair of the Friends of Children’s council and Laurelhurst community neighbor

“Children’s is creating additional space and an environment so that more children can have the chance my son did — to be able to receive the important care that saved his life,” shared Lisa Owen, a parent who spoke about her son’s recent cancer care at the hospital. “I can’t think of anything more important for our community.”

Building Hope’s foundation will be poured later this month. In August, structural steel work will begin. Exterior and interior infrastructure developments start in October.

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About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, 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, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. 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

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