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On Saturday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 22, temporary cranes will be placed on Virginia Mason Medical Center’s campus that will affect vehicle and pedestrian traffic on those two days. The cranes are needed to install new air-handling units on the rooftop of Virginia Mason’s Central Pavilion. This work is necessary as part of the first phase to remodel the hospital’s Sterile Processing unit.

On Dec. 15, a crane will be placed in the hospital’s Seneca Street loading dock, just east of 9th Avenue. Once in place, the crane should not affect vehicle traffic on Seneca, but it will require the closing of part of the south sidewalk to pedestrians during most of the lift activities. This crane should not impact access to any buildings on campus, and the work is anticipated to take about 12 hours, starting around 5:30 a.m.

On Dec. 22, a crane will be located outside the Hospital Surgery Center entrance at the corner of Spring Street and Terry Avenue. This crane is expected to affect both vehicles and pedestrians on Spring and Terry, and Seattle Police will be on campus to assist in directing traffic. Except for intermittent short periods of time when lift activities are taking place, both entries into the surgery center will be accessible to patients and staff. This crane should not impact access to any of the other buildings on campus. The work is anticipated to take about 12 hours, and will start around 5:30 a.m.

We apologize for any inconveniences this activity causes. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Mike Sprouse, Virginia Mason Communications, (206) 583-6541,

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