Common Questions

Provided below, are some of the common questions about Phase 1 of Children’s campus expansion, as approved by Seattle City Council and the Department of Planning and Development in Children’s Compiled Final Master Plan, and the associated Master Use Permit process. This list will be updated regularly.

    Phase 1 Expansion and Master Use Permit Process
  1. When and how can NE Seattle communities and other interested parties provide comment/input during the Master Use Permit (MUP) process?
  2. What standards or guidelines does Children’s need to follow when developing Phase 1?
  3. What are the main clinical and non-clinical program elements included in the updated Phase 1 of the new master plan? Will there be a new emergency department?
  4. Why has the proposed location of Phase 1 changed? Which program elements will also have new locations as a result?
  5. What are Children’s plans for complying with the City Council’s housing replacement condition?
  6. What is the proposed timeline/schedule for Phase 1 construction and completion? What is the urgency for doing it now?
  7. What hospital/medical services may be impacted during the construction of Phase 1?
  8. How will the traffic along Sand Point Way NE and on nearby residential streets be impacted during the construction of Phase 1 and after it is completed?
  9. What steps will be taken by Children’s or Sellen to mitigate the construction impacts?
  10. How will I be able to get updates on Phase 1 and who can I contact of I have questions?


    Phase 1 Expansion and Master Use Permit Process
  1. When and how can NE Seattle communities and other interested parties provide comment/input during the Master Use Permit (MUP) process?

    The public will have opportunity to provide input during the MUP process for Phase 1 of Children’s expansion, including:

    • Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings – The SAC accepts public comment at each of their meetings. SAC meetings are scheduled this spring and summer during Children’s Phase 1 expansion. Visit Children’s Master Plan web site for more information: http://masterplan.seattlechildrens.org/
    • Written comments – The Seattle Department of Planning and Development will solicit public comment as part of Children’s MUP process. A comment period is expected to begin in late July.

    For more information about SAC meetings and the opportunity for public comment at those meetings, please contact Steve Sheppard at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods: 206-684-0302 or steve.sheppard@seattle.gov.

    For more information about the MUP process or public comment period, please contact Colin Vasquez at the Seattle Department of Planning and Development: 206-684-5639 or colin.vasquez@seattle.gov.

  2. What standards or guidelines does Children’s need to follow when developing Phase 1?

    Design and development of Phase 1 will be guided by Children’s Compiled Final Master Plan, which includes Seattle City Council conditions and the Design Guidelines approved by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development. Children’s will also work with the Standing Advisory Committee, whose role it is to “monitor compliance with the provisions of the adopted master plan,” according to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website.

  3. What are the main clinical and non-clinical program elements included in the updated Phase 1 of the new master plan? Will there be a new emergency department?

    Clinical program elements include an emergency department, general acute care, intensive care beds, and the helistop. Non-clinical program elements include the kitchen and service access.

  4. Why has the proposed location of Phase 1 changed? Which program elements will also have new locations as a result?

    Children’s decided to keep the Train Building and shift Phase I from the north end of the Laurelon Terrace site to the south end where a sky bridge will shorten the path to existing services such as radiology, imaging and operating rooms. Preserving the Train Building minimizes potential disruption to existing services and patients, and allows the hospital to significantly reduce Phase I from 592,000 square feet to approximately 300,000 square feet. The program elements listed in question 3 will be relocated as part of Phase I.

  5. What are Children’s plans for complying with the City Council’s housing replacement condition?

    As part of Children’s Compiled Final Master Plan, Seattle City Council included a condition that gave Children’s two options for housing replacement. One option would require Children’s to pay the City of Seattle $10.9 million to help fund the construction of comparable replacement housing. The other option would require Children’s to develop 136 units of replacement housing within specific requirements provided in the Compiled File Master Plan.

    Children’s is evaluating these options and the hospital’s Board of Directors is expected to select an option in the next 12 months.

  6. What is the proposed timeline/schedule for Phase 1 construction and completion? What is the urgency for doing it now?

    Working in coordination with the City of Seattle and Sellen Construction, Children’s has developed the following estimated timeline for Phase 1 construction:

    • Fall 2010 – Laurelon Terrace site preparation
    • Winter 2010 – Facility construction
    • Spring 2013 – Phase 1 open for occupancy

    This estimated timeline depends on approval of the Phase 1 Master Use Permit (MUP). Children’s estimates MUP approval will occur in late 2010.

    Children’s urgent need to start and complete Phase 1 is driven by the shortage of in-patients beds that the hospital has been experiencing for the past few years. While we continue to be as efficient as possible in delivering quality healthcare to all of our patients, last year Children’s had to divert 79 patients because beds were full.

  7. What hospital/medical services may be impacted during the construction of Phase 1?

    Phase 1 construction will create very little disturbance to patients and daily hospital functions. During this phase, construction will focus on new buildings rather than existing structures. Minimal impacts may occur late in Phase 1 when new and existing structures will be connected with a pedestrian bridge.

  8. How will the traffic along Sand Point Way NE and on nearby residential streets be impacted during the construction of Phase 1 and after it is completed?

    During construction, the hospital will also work with the Seattle Department of Transportation to develop traffic control plans to minimize impacts to traffic flows and ensure safe passage of pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists as construction trucks or equipment access the construction site.

    In addition, Children’s has created a Transportation Management Plan (TMP) which provides specific ways that the hospital will mitigate traffic impacts to Sand Point Way NE and certain nearby residential streets. Mitigation measures in the TMP focus on reducing the number of cars traveling to and from the hospital, including enhanced shuttle service for employees, volunteers, patients and families of patients; a robust bicycle program; and subsidized transit passes for employees. Children’s will work with multiple city departments, including the Seattle Department of Transportation to implement many of the mitigation measures.

    The TMP addresses findings of the revised Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and is approved by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development and adopted by the Seattle City Council.

  9. What steps will be taken by Children’s or Sellen to mitigate the construction impacts?

    Children’s and Sellen Construction will create a Construction Management Plan (CMP) intended to anticipate and reduce potential impacts to neighbors, businesses and traffic. The CMP will include outreach to and coordination with neighbors before and during construction, limitations to the duration of activities with the most impact, technological and operational noise control measures, and coordination with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development and the Seattle Department of Transportation on noise, street use, parking and traffic routing.

  10. How will I be able to get updates on Phase 1 and who can I contact of I have questions?

    Children’s and Sellen Construction will provide an outreach and communications team to provide up to date information and address community concerns throughout construction. This team will provide advance notification of upcoming construction activities and potential impacts using email alerts and flyers, in person outreach and briefings, as needed. In addition, a 24-hour hotline, email and web site will be available so that community members can express concerns, ask questions and get pertinent information.

    In the interim, questions or comments can be directed to Seattle Children’s via:

    Desiree Leigh, Director, Regional Government Affairs and Community Relations
    (206) 987-5269
    desiree.leigh@seattlechildrens.org

    Todd Johnson, Vice President, Facilities
    (206) 987-5259
    todd.johnson@seattlechildrens.org