Swedish hits construction milestone
August 10, 2010
Crews completed a construction milestone at the Swedish Medical Center campus in the Issaquah Highlands last week, as a crane hoisted the last steel beam into place.
The piece completed the skeleton of the initial phase of the project, the medical office building. The campus, set to open in phases in July 2011 and 2012, will become the first new hospital in King County to open in 25 years.
During the Aug. 6 ceremony, hospital officials and construction workers signed the beam before a crane lifted the beam skyward.
Gov. Chris Gregoire and other dignitaries broke ground on the hospital in October. Plans call for the office portion to open next summer, followed by patient wings and hospital beds in 2012. The centerpiece of the hospital will be a light-filled atrium lined with food and retail vendors.
Seattle architecture firm CollinsWoerman designed the hospital with a pair of wings extending south from a medical office building. The office complex will face Northeast Blakely Drive; the wings will contain patient beds.
The new campus will be named Swedish/Issaquah and the existing emergency room along Northwest Sammamish Road will be rechristened Swedish/Lake Sammamish.
The hospital estimates 1,000 jobs will be created in order to design, build and operate the hospital campus.