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Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Button: Receive the weekly construction bulletin via e-mail.Due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week, this construction bulletin provides information for the next two weeks. No bulletin will be issued Friday, Nov. 27.

No Weekend Activity

  • No hospital addition construction work is planned for Saturday, Nov. 21, or Sunday, Nov. 22; however, Seattle Public Utilities will be conducting utilities work on Seneca Street between Boren Avenue and Terry Avenue on these days, which will restrict parking on the north side of Seneca.
  • There will be no addition construction work from Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 29. Over the holiday weekend, Skanska will conduct routine security checks.

Weekday Work

  • We continue to finish the parapet walls and mechanical housing areas at the top level. If we are able to stay on schedule, we plan to remove the tower crane by the end of January.
  • Elevator installation work continues.
  • Installation of water connections to the addition from Seneca continues. Throughout this work, we are maintaining traffic flow on Seneca in each direction and providing added traffic control as needed.
  • We are installing window frames and glass along Boren prior to applying the final façade layer.
  • With the topping out of the building, concrete pours and steel deliveries have become less frequent, but they will occasionally occur, limiting Seneca and Boren to one lane in each direction during concrete pours. Steel and material deliveries continue on Seneca and Spring streets.
  • 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

Dec. 3 Private Event on Spring Street

  • The evening of Thursday, Dec. 3, Virginia Mason will host a fully permitted private event on Spring Street between Boren and Terry avenues, where the construction staging area is.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, we will set up a large tent in the street, which will remain closed to traffic.
  • On Dec. 3, the event will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. We plan to use spotlights to light the exterior of the addition. This lighting is scheduled to be turned off by 9 p.m.

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 access 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 - 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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