Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mock-Up Photos Of Design Of The New Buildings Under Construction At Children's Hospital

Todd Johnson,  Vice President of Facilities at Children's Hospital, sent us these photos showing mock-ups, which are  models showing the specific design of the future buildings (to be completed in 2012) currently under construction on the previous Laurelon Terrace site.   

Todd says about the mock-ups:
Our goal was to illustrate what the “Building Hope – Cancer and Critical Care Expansion” building exterior will look like when completed – the mock-up is a composite of the materials that we intend to use to clad this new patient care wing.

The stone, glass and metal were also placed on the temporary structure so that we could verify the “constructability” of our design and ensure that it will be weather-tight. Our design team at ZGF Architects chose materials and colors to compliment the existing Children’s campus buildings and the surrounding neighborhood. 

The three predominant materials are a cream-colored stone that is lapped on the building in shingle-style; zinc panels; and glass, including horizontal and vertical  sun shades that add color and interest to the building’s exterior.

The construction project is on schedule and we’re on track to finish in the spring of 2013. 

We’ve completed the concrete foundations and have moved on to placing the steel framing and flooring materials.  This work will continue into October and will be followed by the construction of the building enclosure and the build-out of the interior spaces. 

About a year from now we’ll begin the exterior improvements, which will include new sidewalks and pedestrian level amenities along 40th and Sand Point Way, extensive landscaping, and site circulation.

At our most recent LCC (Laurehurst Community Club)/Seattle Children’s meeting, we discussed a number of topics and included a presentation by our landscape team, showing how the buffers would be filled out with material retained from the Laurelon Terrace grounds, as well as new plants that will allow the campus landscape to look mature from its early stages.

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