Seattle Children’s Is Growing  

Seattle Children’s is moving forward with three major construction projects to expand its clinical capacity and research facilities around Seattle and improve access to care for all patients.

  • Building Care: new clinical space at the hospital campus
  • Building Cure: a downtown Seattle research facility
  • OBCC Othello: a second Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in southeast Seattle

Building Cure

The facility closest to completion is Building Cure, a new research building in downtown Seattle that will open this October. It will add 540,000 sq. ft., of which 380,000 sq. ft. will be dedicated lab space, expanding the downtown Seattle Children’s Research Institute campus to over 1.1 million square feet of space.

Building Cure will increase production capacity in our on-site Therapeutic Cell Production Core (TCPC), one of only a few pediatric-dedicated facilities in the United States that follows the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices for making therapeutic cell products designated for early phase investigational new drug (IND) clinical trials. We’ll be able to meet the needs of future patients for immunotherapy clinical trials, up to 1,000 children per year compared to 150 currently. The TCPC works closely with Seattle Children’s Therapeutic Innovation Core during development and with the clinical team at the clinical trial sites as they prepare a patient for treatment. Patients treated in our PLAT-02 phase I study have achieved a 93% initial remission rate. About 50% are still in remission one year after therapy.

Building Cure will also include a state-of-the-art Science Discovery Lab and adjacent classroom where students, teachers and community members can interact with scientists, participate in authentic research and take part in innovative project-based learning in a lab setting. Classes of up to 30 middle and high school students will be able to take classes and participate in citizen science projects that elevate their science education to a level not possible in schools. The lab and classroom will also be used for out-of-school science programs such as after-school and Saturday science club, as a site for teachers’ professional development during the summer.

Building Care

At the main hospital, Building Care is scheduled to open in spring 2022. If you haven’t visited Seattle Children’s hospital campus lately, things are looking a little different as construction on Building Care gathers steam. The tower crane and cavernous hole in the ground just off Sand Point Way next to the Emergency Department will eventually serve as the new front door to the hospital.

  • Eight new operating rooms
  • Two catheterization labs
  • Twenty inpatient rooms
  • New outpatient clinical space for the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
  • Outpatient infusion center
  • An additional retail pharmacy (the current one will remain)
  • Inpatient pharmacy
  • Space for laboratory and sterile processing

Building Care has been designed to allow for greater collaboration between research and clinical care, particularly for cancer patients, and to bring the latest technology and innovations in care to the bedside.

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic – Othello

Seattle Children’s will break ground this fall on a second, larger Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) near the Othello link light rail station in southeast Seattle. When OBCC Othello opens in 2021, it will offer both primary and specialty care and a new model of care in which patients will be able to see multiple specialties during one visit — all in the same room. Services will include dental, sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, a Sickle Cell Program and Fit 4 You which is a program to help patients and families eat healthy and stay active. OBCC Othello will have twice the capacity of OBCC Yesler.