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Construction Bulletin: Oct. 2, 2009
- No hospital addition construction work is planned for Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4.
Monday through Friday
- We will have additional equipment on Seneca Street beginning next Wednesday, Oct. 7, to facilitate the installation of sewer and water connections. We will maintain the movement of traffic on Seneca in each direction and provide added traffic control as needed.
- Removal of an undocumented oil tank discovered last week has been completed. The tank and all contaminated materials have been safely hauled away.
- We continue applying black liquid rubber water-proofing to the building along Boren Avenue. Please note this covering is not the final façade. It is an underlying protective layer for the structure and will not be visible later.
- Intermittent concrete pours continue on Seneca and Boren 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 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 Street. 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).
- 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 VirginiaMason.org/construction.
Temporary Closure of Patient Drop-off Area on Seneca
- Staff and patients now can use both crosswalks and the sidewalk to get in and out of the hospital through the protected "breezeway" path.
- For the safety of pedestrians and construction workers, the drop-off area will remain closed to vehicular traffic until March 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 will remain in effect until that time.
Sidewalk and Street Closures
- Spring Street - Spring Street between Boren and Terry avenues will be open Friday, Oct. 2, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. On Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4, this portion of Spring will be opened 24 hours a day. Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, it will be closed to through traffic 24 hours a day again. Throughout these changes to the street schedule, the north sidewalk between Boren and Terry will remain 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 VirginiaMason.org/construction. 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.
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 VirginiaMason.org/construction.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the construction activities, please contact:
- Mike Sprouse, Virginia Mason Communications, (206) 583-6541, email@example.com