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For the Week of Sept. 22

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What's New

Site Foundation Work Continues

  • From time to time, residents may hear an "air horn" from the site. The reason for the safety alert is to let workers in the construction hole know that a heavy load is about to be lifted across the site.

  • Intermittent concrete pours will continue on Seneca Street and Boren Avenue 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 the construction pours. Parking on the south side of Seneca also will be unavailable temporarily.

  • Steel deliveries for the foundation continue this week on Seneca and Spring Street. This work requires temporary parking restrictions on the north and south side of Seneca (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. north side; 24 hours south side).

  • As work around the foundation evolves, our activities over the next few weeks will continue to focus on pouring footings, columns and walls, laying rebar, and installing piping and conduits.

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 have implemented a thorough safety and communications effort that includes the following:

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

  • 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.

What to Expect Over the Weekend
As part of normal protocol for crane safety, the crane will be re-torqued, which means the bolts will be checked for tightness, on Saturday, Sept. 20. Neighbors will notice increased activity around the crane, but it is a relatively quiet procedure.

SDOT Boren/Madison Paving Project
The City of Seattle has completed the paving for this project. The next step will be to re-stripe the lanes. No date has been announced for the completion of this work. Please note this work is not connected to the VM hospital addition construction project. More details are available on the city's Web site at

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.

  • Boren Avenue — The westward southbound lane on Boren between Seneca and Spring 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.

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

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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