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October 7, 2011
Seattle Children's and Sellen Construction are expected to place the final steel beam this afternoon for the hospital's Building Hope cancer and critical care expansion project. The 330,000 square feet of new space will be connected to the existing hospital at 4800 Sand Point Way N.E.
Scheduled to open in spring 2013, Building Hope will add 121 inpatient beds, including 80 single-occupancy rooms. Space for additional inpatient beds to be built out when needed and a new emergency department could be built if $25 million in funding is obtained.
ZGF Architects designed the building to LEED gold standards. Seneca Group is the development manager.
Other team members are: CPL, civil and structural engineer; AEI, mechanical engineer; Sparling, electrical engineer; Hart Crowser, geotechnical engineer; McKinstry, mechanical subcontractor; and Veca, electrical subcontractor.
The half-hour topping ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Team members will sign the beam and crews with Ironworkers Local 86 working for The Erection Co. will secure it into place. The signatures will be included alongside the names of Children's patients which have been spray-painted on the building's structure in recent weeks.