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We are writing to provide you with the latest information about our hospital addition construction project.

Activities for the Week of April 7
Drilling and installation of 80- to 85-foot steel piles at the construction site, along the west edge of Boren Avenue between Spring and Seneca streets, will continue. Throughout the week, we will be hauling out demolition debris, which will involve increased truck traffic in and out of the site during normal construction hours. We expect drilling activity to last into May. Once the drilling gets far enough ahead, excavation work will begin and last into August.

This week, we will begin installing a large electrical vault immediately in front of the John Winthrop Apartments. This work will affect the street and sidewalk on the north side of Seneca to the east side of the building's entrance. We will ensure an open pathway is maintained at all times to allow apartment residents to enter and exit the building to the west. During non-construction hours, we will maintain a pedestrian path around the excavation area.

Additional electrical duct-bank work will continue on Spring Street, within the area that is presently closed. Work continues on the existing hospital buildings to reroute exiting and prepare the structures for constructing a new building within inches.

Weekend Work
No work is planned for the weekend of April 5 and 6.

Street Closures for the Week of April 7

  • Spring Street - Spring between Boren and Terry avenues will remain closed.  The median in Boren has been removed and will be replaced at the end of the construction project in 2010. To ensure pedestrian safety, the south sidewalk on Spring St. will remain open.

  • Boren Avenue - This week, please expect the closure of one to two lanes of traffic on Boren between Spring and Seneca during normal construction hours. During these hours, the lanes will be channeled to allow at least one lane of travel in each direction. All lanes will be open after construction hours.

  • Seneca Street - The first four parking stalls immediately west of Boren on both sides of Seneca will continue to be closed to parking. One lane of traffic may be closed intermittently during this work, but the other will remain open to route bus and car traffic onto Boren. Additional parking spaces along the north, westbound lane of Seneca may need to be closed, including a Zone 21 Permit Parking Load/Unload area, to ensure the safety of the public and workers on the site.


Crane Safety
Given the recent construction crane accidents in the news, we wanted to provide you with information about the crane safety measures that will be taken at our construction site. In August or September 2008, we plan to erect a 240-foot construction crane at the site.

Virginia Mason is adamant about requiring the highest safety standards be enforced. General contractor Skanska will maintain a comprehensive safety management system that meets or exceeds existing guidelines for the site. Skanska ensures the stability and soundness of all of its cranes by adhering to strict industry standards and engineering in setting up the cranes. Skanska has regular monthly inspections conducted by independent third-party crane specialists. It hires all of its crane operators from the operators union, which requires all of its crane operators to pass the OSHA-approved crane operators course. Further, Skanska evaluates site subcontractors' safety programs to ensure they are up to standard.

Once again, we thank you for your patience throughout this period and apologize for any inconvenience these activities may cause. As updated information becomes available, we will be sure to share it with you.

As always, for more information about the addition, including an animated video showing the new building's orientation on the site, please visit: VirginiaMason.org/construction.

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

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