UW News

April 11, 2003

King County Council Unanimously Approves Funding to Move Forward on the Design Phase of Harborview’s Bond Project

Seattle — The King County Council this week unanimously approved Harborview’s Bond Project Ordinance to move forward on the schematic design of the project. This marks a significant milestone and lays the foundation for the project to proceed through design and construction.

As the premier Level I trauma center serving a four-state region, Harborview has embarked upon a long-range capital program to remedy significant seismic deficiencies, replace unsafe buildings and add critically needed beds to the medical center.

Key program features include:

New construction of a multi-purpose facility (Ninth & Jefferson Street) to house specialized services such as the King County Medical Examiner, laboratories, retail, Involuntary Treatment Act Courtroom, and underground parking.

Seismic improvements to Harborview’s North Wing trauma center tower. New construction of an inpatient wing, adjoined to the existing facility by a bridge building.

Demolition of seismically unsound buildings of the medical center.

The architectural firm of NBBJ is the primary architect to lead the design for the project. NBBJ has designed facilities for many academic medical centers across the country, including Cleveland Clinic foundation, Cleveland, Ohio; Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City; Duke University medical Center, Durham, N.C., Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, Ca; and the University of Washington Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Harborview.

NBBJ will work with Turner Construction, the construction firm selected as general contractor construction manager. The overall project is being managed by the UW Capital Projects Office.

Harborview Medical Center is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington.