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.
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.
As of early March, Sellen Construction had poured 2,224 cubic yards of concrete and placed 286 tons of re-bar at the Swedish site. A majority of this material was used for the structural footing and foundation wall of the medical center.
Also in March, shoring wall, excavation and structural footing activities started for the Medical Office Building (MOB) portion of the facility. A second large crane has also been delivered and erected. As the project continues, this additional crane provides needed support in hoisting materials for the MOB and hospital wings.
After a brief hibernation on the site at the end of 2009, construction started back up at the Swedish/Issaquah Campus site in the Issaquah Highlands in mid-January. Work began on the facility’s foundation, including pouring concrete and bringing in a large crane that will be used to erect the structural steel (the “skeleton”) of the entire medical complex.
From here on out, construction will move at an aggressive pace. Over the next nine months, the new hospital and outpatient center will take shape — a good portion of the outside of the facility will be completed. And, the roof of the new campus will be in place just in time for the fall season. At that point, significant interior work will begin.
The "first dig"
On Tuesday, Aug. 18, Swedish officially broke ground and started site excavation for the new medical center. An formal groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the new facility will be held on Oct. 12. We are pleased to announce that Gov. Christine Gregoire will join us to help commemorate the historic milestone and show her support for the project.