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March 12, 2013

Children's expansion opens April 21

Image courtesy of ZGF Architects [enlarge]

Seattle Children's is finishing its new eight-story building and preparing for the opening on April 21.

The structure is called Building Hope and will add 330,000 square feet for cancer treatment, and critical and emergency care on the hospital campus on Sand Point Way Northeast in Seattle.

It will house the emergency department, critical care unit, a family lounge and gym, 80 single rooms for cancer and critical patients, and what the hospital says will be the country's first dedicated cancer unit for teens and young adults.

It was designed by ZGF Architects and built by Sellen Construction.

The team is targeting LEED gold. Green elements include sustainably harvested wood; plants and rain gardens to clean water from paved surfaces; recycling or reuse of demolition debris; and construction equipment powered by biofuels.

Building Hope is expected to use 47 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than similar-sized hospitals in the region.

Other team members are Seneca Group, development manager; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil and structural engineer; Affiliated Engineers, mechanical; Sparling, electrical engineer; Hart Crowser, geotechnical engineer; McKinstry, mechanical subcontractor; Veca, electrical subcontractor; Site Workshop, landscape architect; and Studio SC, graphic consultant.


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