A lot of activity is occurring at the Hospital Wings, MOB, Central Utility Plant’s Utilidor, and site utilities as we enter the month of May. To date 747 tons of re-bar and6,070 cubic yards of concrete 6,070 has been placed in the Hospital areas. The MOB has installed 196 tons of re-bar and placed 1,822 cubic yards of concrete.
Hospital Wings (East, West, and Center):
Horizontal and vertical concrete work, steel erection, MEP under slab and deck rough in,waterproofing, and dirt work/site utility activities continue in these areas. The far south East and West Wing shear walls are the tallest concrete structures peeking out of the site that provides a southern bookend reference of each Wing. The first two out of fifty-five structural steel zones will be erected this month in the Hospital. Metal decking install proceeds on top of the erected steel, allowing other trades to begin locating floor deck rough-in points. Concrete deck pours at Level G and Level 1,Center Wing Basement level fireproofing, MEP rough-in, and setting mechanical equipment round out the Hospital activities starting mid-end of this month.
Forming and pouring foundation walls and footings MEP under slab rough in footings, rough-in,waterproofing, and dirt work activities continue at this project location. Towards the end of the month concrete pours start on a portion of the MOB slab on grade, and the Linac foundation walls will be complete.
Central Utility Plant Utilidor:
This underground pathway between the Hospital and CUP takes shape. Waterproofing and pouring foundation walls will be complete by mid month. Thereafter, mechanical pipe rack assemblies are placed inside with the overhead structure work beginning.
The east and west utility tie-ins into Blakely Drive will begin this month. This work includes storm, sanitary sewer, and water lines.
Please continue to be aware and follow directions on all of our sidewalk/trail and street closure signs placed for your safety. The Project Team apologizes for any inconvenience our safety signage may cause during your travel near the Project.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this month’s activities, please contact Sellen.
To stay updated on the project, visit www.swedishissaquah.org. This site has video,photos and the latest information about the construction of the new campus.
Episode synopsis: Bill Pedersen and Patricia Hovda are planning to move in together in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. They’ve decided to invest in a green home and have a substantial budget of $1 million. Their must-have list has three major criteria; it must be green, it must have a view, and it must be around 4,000 square feet. To help them secure a good investment, Bill and Trish are bringing broker Scott Gibbons on board.
Residents have been asking about storage solutions for quite awhile. Now, a local resident is making it happen. Entrepreneur and Issaquah Highlands resident Bob Gregg plans to break ground on the new Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage building next month.
Located next to the Park & Ride, it will open in March 2011. Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage will offer convenient, safe storage close to home. The facility will feature 500 storage units, including 800 square feet of acclimatized space for wine storage. Bob also hopes to lease street-level retail space for other uses.
Residents have identified the need for extra storage for items such as bikes and kayaks, legal documents, home furnishings, antiques, home renovation and automotive tools, business inventory and equipment, patio furniture and seasonal decorations. Self-storage will also meet the needs for special items that require a climate-controlled environment.
At Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage, customers will load and unload in a covered area inside the ground level of the building. They will drive into the covered area to park and then load everything into the elevator. However, Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage won’t have garage-style storage for cars, boats and RVs.
The top of the Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage building will be taller than the surrounding buildings, including the adjacent Park & Ride. When neighboring construction projects such as the cinema and YWCA are completed, the building profile will blend well with the adjacent buildings.
Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage will feature many LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) design elements. There are no existing LEED standards for buildings of its kind, so Bob and his architects have adapted guidelines from other commercial buildings to integrate energy saving features. The building is also designed to look and feel like other buildings in Issaquah Highlands, from exterior paint colors to canopies that minimize heat gain.
Over the years, it has been a planning challenge for Port Blakely to meet resident needs for self-storage in Issaquah Highlands. This is because typical self-storage projects are laid out horizontally and require much more land space. The Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage addresses both of these issues by going vertical. Vertical density is also more fitting with our urban village town center.
Locating self-storage in the lot adjacent to the Park & Ride also makes sense. Typical retail stores found the self-storage lot configuration to be challenging due to its size and lack of access to onsite parking. The Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage required a smaller footprint and minimal parking requirements.
As discussed at February’s Town Hall, businesses such as Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage will meet the everyday needs that residents have expressed. The close-to-home services, including the grocery store and energy station, will shorten car trips – therefore reducing energy consumption and pollution – while freeing up valuable personal time.
Information on how to reserve a space in Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage will be available from Bob and his team at Gregg Consulting Group later this year.
As Port Blakely Communities (“PBC”) seeks a partner to help move forward the retail and commercial development in the town center at Issaquah Highlands, a senior officer of Port Blakely Companies, the parent of PBC, will now lead this effort.
René Ancinas, President and COO of Port Blakely Companies (“Port Blakely”), also became acting president of its subsidiary, PBC, earlier this month. He replaces Alan Boeker who resigned in mid-January to pursue other real estate industry opportunities. During his nearly two years at Port Blakely Communities, Alan contributed in many ways. These include the YWCA Family Village and zHome transactions, land sale to Swedish Hospital, joint venture with OPUS for the office project and stabilizing the Town Center project amidst a tough and unforgiving economy, which helped lay the foundation for the company to pursue a partner.
René has been involved in Issaquah Highlands for many years in different roles. He followed it closely for several years in his role as President of the Family Council, the governing body of the family ownership group. He then joined the company as Senior Vice President in 2005, and one of his early assignments was to evaluate and restructure the Highlands Fiber Network in 2006. Since becoming President and COO of Port Blakely in 2008, he has been actively involved in overseeing the operations of PBC.
“René’s experience, collaborative style and values-driven leadership are exactly what this community needs as we move into the future,” said Judd Kirk, former PBC president who now serves as a senior advisor to René and the real estate team. “He clearly understands the vision we have for Issaquah Highlands and has championed it within the family and the company.” Kirk added that over the years the support from senior management has been essential to keep the project on course for the long term.
The current head of Port Blakely, Jim Warjone, has been actively involved since 1989 and will be turning over his position as CEO to Rene this July. The current change at PBC will remove one level of management, giving René an even more direct role. With his background with the company and an MBA from the University of Washington, Rene will continue to be guided by a tradition of progressive leaders and the counsel of Jim Warjone and the entire PBC management team.
“The top priority for my family and our company today is to complete Issaquah Highlands consistent with the vision we set out for the community,” Ancinas said. “While the economic climate continues to be a significant challenge, we are fully committed to finding a solution that will facilitate building out the next phase of the community.” He added that he looks forward to working closely with the excellent team, led by experienced managers “who continue to do an amazing job as stewards of our real estate assets and the community we’ve been building for many years.”
Imagine a world where going to the dentist no longer involves needles or drills. Then, think about the possibilities of a paperless dental office where x-rays are digital. Build on that image by visualizing the comfiest of dental chairs, each equipped with its own widescreen TV…
At Issaquah Highlands, there’s no need to imagine such a place. Highlands Kids Dentistry, which opened February 1, offers all this – and more – right in our neighborhood. Founded by Dr. Shadi Araghi, who tells us that her name rhymes with “froggy,” Highlands Kids Dentistry is unlike any dentist office you’ve ever visited.
Highlands Kids Dentistry offers the latest technology in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Araghi uses lasers instead of needles and drills for most procedures, minimizing much of the pain and discomfort associated with the dentist’s chair. The use of lasers also reduces the need for anesthesia.
Highlands Kids Dentistry also uses digital x-rays to minimize exposure, as well as an intra-oral minicam during visits. These new technologies offer safer and more precise dental care. According to Dr. Araghi, the practice was designed from a child’s point of view to create a relaxed environment – even for the most nervous of visitors. Highlands Kids Dentistry has a familiar atmosphere filled with books, toys and games. Parents can also bring their child’s favorite DVD to play on the widescreen TV that faces the dental chair.
Dr. Araghi, who is a pediatric dentist, specializes in treating children from birth to age 18. Typically,
pediatric dentists like Dr. Araghi train two to three years more than general dentists in order to gain expertise in children’s dentistry. In the case of Dr. Araghi, she practiced general dentistry for seven years before completing her pediatric residency, also at Tufts. During her residency, Dr. Araghi focused on the use of lasers, pediatric sedation, orthodontics, and on treating patients with special needs. She also completed a pediatric rotation at the New England Medical Center.
For adults in Issaquah Highlands, the best is yet to come. Highlands Kids Dentistry isn’t only about kids. The practice also offers dentistry for adults. Dr. Araghi will be joined at the practice by her husband, Dr. Ray Besharati. Dr. Besharati is also a dentist, but only treats adults. The practice will offer dentistry for adults including laser treatments and digital x-rays, as well as whitening and Microscopic dentistry, in the same relaxed and welcoming environment.
Highlands Kids Dentistry is open six days a week and offers appointments on evenings and Saturdays. All new patients will receive a $20 visa gift card as part of the welcome package and for each referral. Free teeth whitening is also offered to new adult patients. The office is located at 2520 NE Park Drive. More information is available at www.highlandskidsdentistry.com or by calling 425-996-0457.
The struggles associated with this year’s recessionary economy have no doubt been shared by many and have taken a toll on families around the country; some more severe than others. Unfortunately, one does not have to look far to find local families in our community that are in desperate need of assistance. This season, members of the Issaquah Highlands Contribution Club (the“IHCC”), an organization dedicated to bringing together the families and individuals of Issaquah Highlands to support the local community in need, provided aid and assistance to 16 families from local churches and the Issaquah Food Bank through an “Adopt a Family” Program.
Together, groups of residents and local churches pulled together to fulfill wish lists and meet the needs of these local families to provide food, clothing, gifts for children and most importantly hope and a little joy this holiday season.
“Reading through the stories of these families struggling breaks your heart,” said IHCC member Anne Taylor Hartzell. “Many are single moms, struggling to put food on the table and are now forced to agonize over how to tell their small children there will be no holiday presents only adds to their stress. We had to do something to mobilize our community and provide these families with at least one day of relief from the stresses in life.”
The IHCC holiday family adoption program could not have been possible without the generous support of time and donations by our neighborhood captains, leaders from Mosaic and Alathia Churches, Starpoint Condos and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association. The response was overwhelming as neighborhood captains began reaching out to their neighbors via email and door-to-door to fulfill wish lists, shop and wrap gifts. The impact was felt not only by those that were receiving, but also by those that were giving.
“I was blown away by the willingness of our neighbors to help out our family in need,” said Candace Powell, neighborhood captain and Highlands resident. “Going door-to-door, sharing these stories and collecting donations from neighbors is truly amazing and really emphasized for me our strong sense of community.” The adopt a family initiative brought all corners of the
Issaquah Highland’s community together to make a lasting impact on a few families this season and is just another example of how together, residents can make a meaningful impact on shared initiatives that improve the lives of our community. The IHCC
organizes other programs throughout the year and plans to partner closely with the Issaquah Food Bank and other local organizations next year to expand its Adopt a Family program.
The YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, located at Highlands Drive NE and High Street NE, is an innovative, large-scale, environmentally progressive project designed to meet the Eastside’s needs for affordable housing and family services.
With 146 apartments for working families, child care and social services, the Family Village is leading the way for communities in this region and across the country to integrate affordable housing and family services into planned communities.
YWCA Family Village at Issaquah will be home to approximately 400 people – working families, people with disabilities and seniors who are seeking an affordable place to live, raise children, age comfortably, build fulfilling lives and contribute to their community.
The environmentally sustainable project will provide 146 apartments, ranging in size from studios to three-bedroom units.
The bulk of construction will occur in 2010 with families moving in the following year. The development will be a beautiful, seamless and comfortable “fit” within the existing master-planned community of Issaquah Highlands. Residential spaces, walkways and gathering areas will help foster a sense of place and neighborhood.
The YWCA is dedicated to strengthening the independence and stability of all community members.
• Parenting classes, job training, computer education and more.
• High-quality affordable child care with an estimated 150 spots for infants to school-aged children.
• Community meeting and outdoor gathering spaces, specifically requested by the Issaquah community, with safe pedestrian access to a King County transit hub.
• The City of Issaquah, through agreements with Port Blakely Communities which developed the Issaquah Highlands master-planned community, donated the parcel of land. The value of the land and in-kind support provided by the City exceeds $7 million.
• The YWCA is launching a $12 million capital campaign to help build and operate Family Village.
• The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $1 million.
• Eastside cities contributed $1.5 million through their housing coalition.
• King County provided $2.25 million through direct support and credit enhancement.
• Washington State Housing Finance Commission awarded $12.6 million in federal stimulus dollars and $4 million in a tax credit equity allocation.
• The State Department of Commerce Housing Trust Fund joined in with $4 million.
• King County Housing Authority brings its ability to issue bonds and rent subsidies for qualified households.
For more information on the project and to keep up to date on the construction by subscribing to our RSS feed, please visit: www.ywcaworks.org
The YWCA’s mission is to advance the quality of life for women of all ages, races and faiths, and their families. In support of this mission, the YWCA provides services to meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence,
eliminate racism and achieve equal opportunities for all people. These values are the foundation of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah.
This year Alathia Community Church, with the help of many generous community leaders and sponsors, is putting on a Christmas festival for the community. This year our theme remains “Give a Life Changing Gift for Christmas.” Adults and children alike will love the free concert put on by jazz recording artist Gail Pettis. Festival attendees will witness a living nativity complete with an angel perched atop a 4 story building and a stable including an 8 foot tall camel.
The festival will also include hay rides, pictures with Santa, as well as Christmas themed crafts and activities for the kids. All proceeds raised from this year’s festival will be donated to World Vision— and used to help people trapped in poverty and/or desperate social situations. World Vision is an impressive Non-Government Organization (NGO) that helps about 100 million people in nearly 100 countries on 5 continents. They focus on child sponsorships, food aid, clean water, HIV and aids prevention, emergency relief, resolution of humanitarian crises, and microfinance programs. Building on our success last year we are encouraging our neighbors to consider giving $75 to World Vision. A $75 dollar donation provides a needy family a goat for Christmas. A goat nourishes a family with fresh milk, cheese, and yogurt, and can offer a much-needed income boost by providing offspring and extra dairy products for sale at the market. It even provides fertilizer that can dramatically increase crop yields. I invite you and your family to consider giving a life-changing gift this Christmas. You can learn more by visiting the information booths at the festival or by visiting www.worldvision.org.