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We wanted to let you know about some repair work taking place on the Virginia Mason campus Thursday, May 7. A contractor will be repairing our bulk oxygen system, which provides medical oxygen to Virginia Mason Hospital. The work will begin at 7 a.m. at Terry Avenue and University Street in an access enclosure.

As part of the work, the contractor will vent oxygen through a stack above the enclosure. When this venting occurs, it will feature a plume of white smoke and will be quite loud. This will take place at approximately 8:30 or 9 a.m. and last about one hour.

Please note this work is not dangerous and the contractor will monitor oxygen levels in the air to make certain they are at normal levels. The work is expected to be completed by approximately 2 p.m. At that time, there will be another venting, which will create another plume and additional noise.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have questions or concerns, please contact either Rob Pewitt, assistant director, Engineering Services, (206) 223-6843,, or Mike Sprouse, associate director, Communications (206) 583-6541,

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