The last steel beam for Swedish’s new Issaquah hospital and outpatient center was lifted into place Aug. 6 in a special topping-off ceremony. The beam was signed by construction workers and hospital officials before being lifted into place atop the structure. The topping-off completes a construction milestone en route to the facility’s phase-one opening in July 2011 in the Issaquah Highlands. Once completed, it will be the first new hospital built in King County in 25 years and will include an ambulatory care center, five-story medical office building and acute-care community hospital.
This afternoon, Sellen Construction placed the last piece of structural steel on the medical office building portion of the new Swedish campus in the Issaquah Highlands.
View of the medical office building
What if you could build a brand-new hospital from scratch? How would you build it to be the most patient-friendly, forward-thinking facility of its kind? Swedish has that opportunity on this new Issaquah Highlands campus. Here are the top 10 reasons why this facility will be different:
Here are a couple renderings of the inside of the medical center. Swedish/Issaquah will not only be one of the most energy-efficient health-care facilities in the country, but a place with a comfortable atmosphere.
The medical center is designed to be a warm, comforting environment emphasizing natural light, spectacular views and healing gardens.
Main entry/lobby area
Here’s a fun look at the Issaquah hospital construction site. Construction continues at an aggressive pace! Literally, tons of re-bar and concrete are being installed and poured.
The former superintendent of the Issaquah School District now turns her attention to educating Swedish about what the community wants in its new hospital.