New Construction: Seattle Children’s Hospital

There is simply nothing more rewarding than working on a project with far-reaching benefits for a community. Seattle Children’s Hospital is a renowned healthcare facility, and for the 25th year in a row, it has been recognized as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In fact, in 2017 this report ranked Seattle Children’s #1 in the Northwest.

The hospital is driven to operate at the highest standards, embracing innovation and methodology that enable its staff to deliver the best possible care for kids facing all types of medical challenges. It was one of the first medical centers in the country to apply the methods and scientific rigor of the Toyota Production System to healthcare and has adopted the Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) approach as the basis of their organization-wide philosophy.

So, when MacDonald-Miller was given the opportunity to play a role in supporting Seattle Children’s mission, we couldn’t have been more proud, and thrilled. This initiative was regarding the Seattle Children’s Building Care Project, a 321,000 SF addition to the existing Seattle Children’s campus. The scope of the project includes construction of eight stories above grade, a three-story 150,000 SF underground parking facility, connections to the existing Building Hope building, site work and initial build out and commissioning of approximately 130,000 SF of hospital programs. These programs will include Oncology, Operating Rooms, Pharmacy, Lab Services, Sterile Processing and Administration spaces. The project is utilizing the Integrated Project Delivery method for design and collaboration and has significant low energy consumption goals. Design and preconstruction will run through November 2018 with construction beginning December 2018.

When the new facility is complete it will be a state-of-the-art procedure center that will support nearly a million square miles from the main campus in Seattle to the Arctic Circle in Alaska, which is the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.

Here at MacMiller, we go beyond just doing a job for the sake of the job. Our people not only immerse themselves into the task at hand, we also consider ourselves part of the organization – and that means being emotionally invested in our clients and their goals. This is especially true when it comes to the healthcare sector. We know the history of Seattle Children’s Founder Anna Clise, and what our work would mean to her today. As a bit of background, the death of Anna Clise’s young son from inflammatory rheumatism in 1898 made her tragically aware of the lack of specialized care for children – and inspired her to take action. With the help of 23 female friends, Clise established the first facility in the Pacific Northwest to treat these children, most of whom would otherwise have been left to endure pain and disability throughout their lives. Clise’s original vision – to care for children regardless of race, religion, gender or a family’s ability to pay – still guides Seattle Children’s today.

Just being able to support her vision in any way we can makes this type of project special. We feel that the work MacMiller is doing on Seattle Children’s Building Care Project will have an impact on children and their families for generations to come.

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