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Happy holidays from Virginia Mason! This bulletin covers construction activities at the addition through Jan. 8.

No Weekend and Holiday Work

  • Button: Receive the weekly construction bulletin via e-mail.There will be no work on Friday, Dec. 25, Saturday, Dec. 26 or Sunday, Dec. 27.
  • There will be no work on Friday, Jan. 1, Saturday, Jan. 2 or Sunday, Jan. 3.

Weekday Work

  • We will continue construction work on the roof to build a visual screen around the cooling units.
  • On Monday, Dec. 21, we will begin construction along Seneca Street on the north connector between the addition and the existing hospital.
  • We continue applying the final façade layer, consisting of fiber cement panels, window elements and brick, along Spring Street, Boren Avenue and Seneca Street.
  • We plan to remove the tower crane and install a smaller crane on the roof over the weekend of Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10. These activities will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each day. A mobile crane will be brought to the site temporarily to facilitate removal. The new smaller crane will be used to hoist lighter loads necessary to complete construction. It will be subject to the same safety standards and inspection schedule of the tower crane. We anticipate needing the smaller crane through July 2010.
  • We are now finished with steel deliveries. Very few concrete pours remain. When they occur, Seneca and Boren will be limited to one lane in each direction for the duration of the pour.
  • Residents may hear an air horn on occasion. This is a safety alert to inform workers that a heavy load is about to be lifted across the construction site.
  • View our webcam at

Temporary Closure of Patient Drop-off Area on Seneca

  • For the safety of pedestrians and construction workers, the drop-off area will remain closed to vehicular traffic until May 2010, when work on the connector between the existing hospital and the addition is scheduled to be complete.
  • The alternate drop-off and pick-up locations in front of the Emergency Department, Lindeman Pavilion and Buck Pavilion remain in effect until that time.
  • Staff and patients can use both crosswalks and the sidewalk to get in and out of the hospital easily through the protected breezeway.

Sidewalk and Street Closures

  • Spring Street - Spring Street between Boren Avenue and Terry Avenue is closed to through traffic 24 hours a day. The north sidewalk between Boren and Terry is closed 24 hours a day. The south sidewalk, however, is open to pedestrians at all times.
  • Boren Avenue - When required for deliveries, 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 - Parking on the north and south side of Seneca continues to be unavailable temporarily (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, north side; 24 hours/seven days a week, south side). 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.

For More Information or Questions
For more information about the addition, including an image gallery, please visit 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.

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

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