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Saturday Work

  • We have secured a special work permit for Saturday, April 4.
  • This work will take place up against the existing hospital and involves laying rebar and work on the new elevator cores, which eventually will connect the existing hospital to the new addition.
  • Saturday construction hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. In accordance with the city's noise ordinance, there will be no loud impacting noise on the site before 9 a.m.
  • We recognize we have been working more Saturdays than usual lately, and we apologize for any disruptions and inconvenience this has caused. This current work is being conducted on a Saturday to take into account the needs of patients and hospital staff during the weekdays.
  • There will be no work Sunday, April 5.

Monday through Friday

  • This week, we will begin pouring the next slab, which will form the north end of the new Emergency Department. We have already completed the Emergency Department drive-in area and the center portion of the Emergency Department floor.

  • We will continue to pour wall forms around the exterior of the site. It is important to note that the concrete walls you see are not the final exterior walls. These wall forms will be covered later with attractive facades.

  • This week, we will continue to hoist mechanical and electrical equipment onto the lowest level of the site. This non-medical equipment, including transformers, generators and chillers, will play an important role in supporting the functions of the new addition. 

  • Intermittent concrete pours will continue on Seneca Street and Boren Avenue throughout the week. Concrete trucks will begin pouring at 8 a.m. on Seneca and 9 a.m. on Boren. Seneca and Boren will be limited to one lane in each direction during these intermittent pours. Parking on the south side of Seneca also will be unavailable temporarily.

  • Steel deliveries for the main concrete structure continue this week on Seneca and Spring streets. This work requires temporary parking restrictions on the north and south sides of Seneca (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, north side; 24 hours/seven days a week, south side).

  • Activities over the next few weeks will continue to focus on pouring floors, columns, walls, laying rebar, and installing piping and conduits.

  • Residents may hear an air horn on occasion. This is a safety alert to let workers know a heavy load is about to be lifted across the construction site.

  • Check out our webcam at

Sidewalk and Street Closures

  • Spring Street - Spring and its north sidewalk between Boren and Terry avenues will be closed 24 hours a day. The south sidewalk will be open to pedestrians throughout the week.

  • Boren Avenue - The westward southbound lane on Boren between Seneca and Spring will be closed during normal construction hours and open after construction hours. The sidewalk will be closed 24 hours a day.

  • Seneca Street - For the time being, the south sidewalk on Seneca between Boren and Terry will be closed. The north sidewalk will be open.

  • Parking Spaces - The four parking stalls west of Boren on only the south side of Seneca will continue to be closed to parking.

Commitment to Crane Safety
Virginia Mason and our work team are deeply committed to ensuring 100-percent safety for our neighbors and our team. Visit our dedicated Web page for tower-crane safety information and activities at You may also call our construction hotline, (206) 341-1511, any time to leave questions or concerns. We also ask that you use this hotline as a way to report unusual activity on or around the site.

In Closing
Thank you for your patience throughout the construction period. We apologize for the inconvenience these activities may cause. As updated information becomes available, we will share it with you.

For more information about the addition, including an image and video gallery, please visit

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the construction activities, please contact:

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