Swedish First Hill Expansion Project



Swedish has committed for over a century to provide extraordinary care in the most healing environment to all those we serve. As part of our current approved First Hill Master Plan, which was developed in 2005 in collaboration with the City and the community, Swedish is preparing for the much-needed replacement of aging facilities at our First Hill campus.

The new facilities will help us continue providing the best environment for our patients, families and caregivers. When completed, this transformative project will define the First Hill campus for the next 50-100 years.

Swedish will make these improvements to:

  • Replace structures dating back as early as 1925
  • Provide the best care for a rapidly aging population
  • Respond to unprecedented inpatient growth
  • Meet the most current technology needs in appropriate space
  • Support the safest, highest quality care possible
  • Fulfill our promise to care for all those who need our services
  • Utilize clinical space most effectively and efficiently

Our plans include new buildings to replace the current North Tower and Block 95 (which includes small non-acute care buildings and a garage). The new Northwest Tower will be the most significant and complex project undertaken by Swedish in the past several decades, and will involve replacement of many of the most complicated and systems-intensive services on the campus. The Northwest Tower will be approximately 17 stories and will contain a variety of uses; including: emergency department, dining facility, critical care units, surgical suites, and patient rooms. Many of the support functions for the campus will be located on Block 95.

First Hill Site Plan

Features of the new buildings

The new hospital tower will create a new state-of-the-art environment for our patients and caregivers and will include a larger, more efficient Emergency Department, private rooms for patients, adaptable rooms for multi-use (medical, surgical and ICU) and new state-of-the-art operating rooms. The development will also embrace our commitment to sustainability, as we work to make it one of the “greenest” hospitals in the nation.

The redevelopment also provides the opportunity to improve many support services, including a new kitchen to serve the entire campus, an expanded cafeteria and improvements to the critical supply delivery process. We will also have the opportunity to improve campus access, public safety, way finding, the surrounding streetscapes and parking access.




Community benefits

There will be a number of public benefits associated with the development related to street improvements, sidewalks, landscaping, open space plazas, and more. Swedish will collaborate with the city to develop a street concept plan for Minor Ave between James and Madison that is coordinated with the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan and Bicycle Master Plan. Improvements may include realignment of curbs, traffic lanes and parking, pedestrian crossings and curb bulbs, wider sidewalks, street trees and landscaping, furnishings and signage.

When will the new buildings open?

Swedish is still in the early stages of planning the buildings. We anticipate beginning construction in 2016 and occupying the buildings in 2019.

Where can I find more information?

To learn about current construction activities and notices, visit: www.sellen.com/SwedishFirstHill

More details are available on the City of Seattle's website