AKA: Harborview Hospital, First Hill, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - hospitals

Designers: Bassetti, Fred, and Company (firm); Kaplan, McLaughlin and Diaz, Architects (firm); Sellen Construction Company (firm); Thomas, Grainger and Thomas, Architects (firm); Turner Construction Company (firm); Wright Runstad and Company (firm); Frederick Forde Bassetti (architect); James Diaz (architect); Clyde Grainger (architect); Ellis Kaplan (architect); Herbert P. McLaughlin Jr. (architect); John Henry Sellen Sr. (building contractor/civil engineer); Donald P. Thomas (architect); Irving Harlan Thomas (architect); Henry Chandlee Turner (building contractor/civil engineer)

Dates: constructed 1931

325 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2420

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In 2006, the University of Washington operated Harborview Medical Center.

As designed by Harlan Thomas of the Seattle architecture firm, Thomas, Grainger and Thomas, the first building at Harborview Hospital had 15 floors when it opened in 1931; by 2005, Harborview had expanded to become a campus, and operated as one of the top trauma centers in the Puget Sound area;

As with most hospitals, Harborview has had numerous, difficult to chronicle additions and alterations since its opening; Fred Bassetti and Company provided a Master Plan ("phase one, inventory, program & schematic plan") for Harborview in 05/1971. recently, additions and renovations were made by Kaplan, McLaughlin Diaz (KMD); Sellen Construction was the building contractor; on 04/25/2005, Harborview Medical Center began a $293 million project that seismically upgraded existing buildings, constructed a new building at Ninth Avenue and Jefferson Street, and a new inpatient wing containing additional beds, operating areas, and an emergency department. This expansion was paid for, in part, by a $193 million bond measure that King County passed in 2000. This work was set to last between 2005-2009. In 10/2006, King County was faced with $30 million in cost overruns on the Harborview seismic upgrade and expansion project. King County Executive, Ron Sims sought to expand the size of the project at this time, to enlarge a five-story building to become a fourteen-story building. This larger facility, to be operated by the developer, Wright Runstad, would have three times the space as the previous plan, and would thereby collect more rent money per square foot. Turner Construction was the General Contractor for the 2005-2009 Harborview construction project.

PCAD id: 3642