CHI Franciscan Health breaks ground for new $27 million medical pavilion

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Ground was broken recently at 16705 1st Ave South, for a brand new, 48,000 square foot, $27 million facility for CHI Franciscan Health, which will include an urgent care clinic, a primary care clinic, and a women’s health clinic.

Designed by doctors and staff to allow more time with patients, the planned Franciscan Medical Pavilion – Highline, will offer both high-tech and high-touch features, such as advanced 3D mammography and a children’s play area, when it opens in Burien in early 2016. Today, CHI Franciscan Health officially broke ground for the new pavilion, which will be located at 16705 1st Avenue South on the corner of First Avenue South and Southwest 160th Street.

Lab services and diagnostic imaging, including x-ray, ultrasound and mammography, will be located on site. The women’s clinic will offer a breadth of care services that women will need throughout their lives. There will also be a specialty clinic that will allow CHI Franciscan medical specialists to see patients in a clinical setting.

“This pavilion is part of our long-term plan to grow Highline Medical Center and at the same time provide our patients with the best possible care in one convenient location,” Mark Benedum, president of Highline Medical Center, said.

The Franciscan Medical Pavilion – Highline is designed as a patient destination center that offers maximum comfort. The pavilion will create a serene environment by separating patients from busy staff areas. Features include an indoor-outdoor fireplace and extensive windows to take advantage of both natural lighting and the views of a greenbelt that flanks the property. The supervised drop-in play room for children also offers parents a chance for more privacy during doctor visits.

The building was designed utilizing a “lean” process used by the Mayo Clinic and other health care leaders to increase efficiency and reduce the time spent on non-patient-related activities. A team of 30 CHI Franciscan staff, physicians and leaders were involved in the design of the building and of common work tasks to ensure doctors and staff will have more quality time with patients. To learn more about CHI Franciscan medical pavilions visit

ZGF Architects of Seattle guided the design process and GLY Construction of Bellevue is serving at the project’s general contractor.

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18 Responses to “CHI Franciscan Health breaks ground for new $27 million medical pavilion”
  1. Janet grella says:

    how bad will 1st Ave Tradfic be when this opens…and what’s happening to lab etc on 160th?

  2. krm says:

    So, what is the location? Near CVS, which is on 160th and First S, or further south, near the retirement home, with an address of 16705 First S?

  3. Betsy says:

    Scott, any chance you transposed the street address for that facility? It doesn’t match the description of the location.

  4. Susan says:

    I think it’s going to be in the old Salvation Army store just south of 1st and 160th, next to the CVS Pharacy. Talk about road congestion.

  5. Rochelle says:

    Any thoughts on how the community can support this or donate specifically to the new Burien location? Thanks for any insight

  6. shari says:

    Yes, I drive through this intersection a jillion times a week and I an surely agree. This facility is certainly something to complain bitterly about. Let’s keep that 160th /1st area as shabby as we possibly can, and by all means, let’s keep high quality healthcare and living wage jobs and attractive, modern, well-maintained structures out of Burien altogether. Let’s go round up some blue tarps and aging mossy 1972 motorhomes and cluster them on this site instead. We must preserve the Burien esthetic.

  7. jimmy says:

    ok I know this is a little off topic but I am wondering why did highline change to CHI Franciscan Health is this attempt for them to get away or hide from the issues that highline has had over the years. Like suspicious deaths and the removal of bad complaints off of some patient review web sites and there E.R. issues of the past.

  8. local says:

    People look at the picture….there is no dirt lots near CVS. 160TH AND 1ST AVE is CVS. Article states 16705 and 1ST. 7 Blocks down the road.

    • elizabeth2 says:

      local – Thank goodness for people who DO question what they read as the address stated is probably NOT correct. The Franciscan Health article on the groundbreaking clearly states

      “Today, CHI Franciscan Health officially broke ground for the new pavilion, which will be located at 16705 1st Avenue S. on the corner of First Avenue S. and S.W. 160th St.”

      As we all know, that address quoted is NOT at the corner of 1st Avenue South and SW 160th Street.

      Also, the block from 166th to 168th on the west (odd numbered)side is the new Normandy Park Senior Living Center, so not likely it will be there….

      And as to the dirt pile, who knows. The buildings in the far right background appear to be the back side of the Fox Cove Apartments just above the CVS.

      None of this really matters except that we could be more gentle with our fellow readers who might possibly be correct in questioning the address or anything else.

      • FYI the address in the story is one that CHI Franciscan provided; it may be in error, as our previous report stated 16033 1st Ave South as the address for the new building.

        Thanks everyone for your diligent eyes…we are still trying to confirm the actual address!


        • elizabeth2 says:

          The address Scott mentions does come up on the tax records as the former Salvation Army store, now owned by Franciscan, so I guess that makes sense.

          So, we know that is probably right and maybe we learned to be gentle readers because the snotty comments about others’ stupidity might boomerang back to the writer?

        • Betsy says:

          Sorry for saying it was you Scott when I think you were given bad info!

    • Mary says:

      There is now signage drapped on the old abandoned building just south of CVS that indicates that that clinic will be in that location. I assume the picture was taken behind the building. There is a road that is just to the west of the Ambulatory building that might be used as another access route to the new clinic. In the picture, to the right, looks like the back side of the Fox Cove apartments.

      • local says:

        Thanks Mary….End of… where the heck is ALL the traffic gonna go. Was there a Traffic Impact Study done ? On the other side …How about a movie on the construction?

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