Boeing Family Gifts $1.5 Million to Seattle Children’s for Building Hope Expansion
William Jr. and June Boeing
Contributions will fund rooftop terrace and other expansion initiatives
Seattle Children’s today announced the receipt of a $1.5 million gift from William Jr. and June Boeing for the hospital’s Building Hope critical, cancer and emergency care expansion. $1 million will go towards funding the expansion’s greatest needs. The remaining $500,000 will help support a new rooftop terrace that will provide patients and their families a calming environment geared toward reflection and emotional healing.
To honor the Boeings’ gift and their family’s eight-decade commitment to Children’s, the Building Hope ground level outdoor park will be named the William and June Boeing Park and Garden Walk. The space will include benches and outdoor art surrounded by colorful native plants.
William Boeing Sr., who founded The Boeing Company in 1916, began the family’s legacy of support for Children’s by making crucial donations in the 1930s. Anonymous at the time, the donations helped the hospital remain financially stable. William Boeing Jr. has since followed his father’s example and he and his wife have been steadfast supporters of the hospital’s mission.
“Seattle Children’s does such an incredible service to its patients, their families and the community,” said June Boeing. “To be a part of its new Building Hope expansion is truly an honor for our family.”
The terrace will be located on the Building Hope rooftop and will feature a deck that is easily accessible from the new cancer unit. It will feature potted plants, small trees and shrubs of multiple species that will bloom year round. In addition, it will include expansive views of the surrounding area, benches and other resting spots for healing and relaxation. It will also be surrounded by a “green roof” planted with sedum and grasses that will grow three to four feet tall and wave in the winds creating a comforting visual experience. The rooftop terrace gift is expressly from June Boeing and can be partially attributed to her passion for gardening.
“Seattle Children’s is extremely grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Boeing’s generous contributions to the hospital over the years and for their latest gift which will help make our Building Hope expansion a reality,” said Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital. “With their help, we’re able to offer our patients the best in pediatric healthcare, while at the same time providing them a way to enjoy the outdoors.”
Building Hope will open in April 2013 and will include 80 private rooms for cancer and critical care patients, as well as a new emergency department. The expanded facility will allow Children’s to handle its large volume of patients while delivering superior care to members of the community and surrounding regions.
The William and June Boeing Park and Garden Walk will be accessible when the building opens. The rooftop terrace is expected to open late 2013.
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