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For the Week of Aug. 11

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What's New

Site Foundation Work Evolves

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

  • Steel deliveries for the foundation also continue this week on Seneca. This work requires temporary parking restrictions on the south and north side of Seneca. We have been asked by some in the neighborhood to reopen parking on Seneca after 5 p.m. to help those living close to this area. We're able to make this work and, as such, evening reopening of this restricted parking will begin this week.

  • As work around the foundation continues to evolve, our activities over the next few weeks will focus on pouring footings, laying rebar, piping and conduits.

Crane Information and Updates

  • The tower crane is up! On Tuesday, Aug. 5, the crane was installed. The 550-ton mobile crane was dismantled and removed once the tower crane was erected.

Commitment to Crane Safety
Virginia Mason and our work team are deeply committed to ensuring 100-percent safety for our neighbors and our team.

Crane Communications
We are implementing a thorough safety and communications effort that includes the following:

  • Dedicated Web page on the Virginia Mason site about tower-crane safety and activities:

  • Community letter mailed to about 1,500 residents and businesses near the hospital addition site at the end of July.

  • Construction hotline at (206) 341-1511 that you may call any time to leave your questions or concerns. We also ask that you use this hotline as a way to report unusual activity on or around the site.

  • Two Community Coffee events where members of the community can learn more about the crane from Virginia Mason and Skanska team members.

    Where:  Correa C conference room (behind the cashier stands in the cafeteria)
    Virginia Mason Hospital
    925 Seneca Street, Seattle

    When:  Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (thanks to those who attended!)
    Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. (tomorrow)

    At any time, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (contact information listed at the end of this Web page).

What to Expect Over the Weekend
There will be no work associated with the VM construction project Saturday, Aug. 9, or Sunday, Aug. 10.

SDOT Boren/Madison Paving Project
If you would like more information about this project, please see the following link:

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. If additional work is required in the alley, a wooden pedestrian footbridge will be installed to allow access and passage.

  • Boren Avenue — The westward southbound lane on Boren between Spring and Seneca will be closed during normal construction hours and will be 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 this week.

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

Union Leafleting
At times this past week, representatives from the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters Union have been on the Virginia Mason campus distributing fliers and displaying a banner regarding a labor dispute they have with Kirtley-Cole Associates. Kirtley-Cole is the general contractor constructing tenant improvements for Virginia Mason's medical records facility in south Seattle. The dispute between the Carpenters Union and Kirtley-Cole has nothing to do with Virginia Mason or the new hospital addition being constructed.
In Closing
Thank you for your patience throughout the construction period. We apologize for the inconveniences these activities may cause. As updated information becomes available, we will be sure to 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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