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The Wheels Will Start Turning This Weekend on Massive St. Luke's Redesign

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The St. Luke's Master Plan includes an expansion of approximately 567,000 square feet and the closure of Jefferson Street - COURTESY ST. LUKE'S
  • Courtesy St. Luke's
  • The St. Luke's Master Plan includes an expansion of approximately 567,000 square feet and the closure of Jefferson Street


Officials from St. Luke's Regional Medical Center will brief the Boise City Council Tuesday on the beginning stages of a massive redesign of the hospital campus, which includes a new children's medical center, an expansion of heart and vascular care, women's care, ortho/neuro services and cancer treatment facilities.

The plan also includes a new 357,000-square-foot medical tower, a new combined central plant and parking garage, 100,000 square feet of new medical office buildings and a total floor-area expansion of the medical center that will top 567,000 square feet. The hospital also plans to move its main entrance north from Bannock Street to First Street, nearer to Fort Street.

In June, hospital officials got the green light from the Ada County Highway District to permanently close a stretch of Jefferson Street to accommodate the $400 million project.

The first phase of the redevelopment will see the construction of the new children's health center, dubbed a "children's pavilion." St. Luke's officials said neighbors will see fencing going up as soon as this weekend in the area of Avenue C, Avenue B and Jefferson Street, where the children's pavilion will be located. Soon thereafter, foresters will begin removing trees from the area after getting the OK from city of Boise foresters. 

Beginning, Thursday, Sept. 8, crews will then begin preparing a large, brick medical office building at Jefferson and Avenue B in preparation of moving the structure to Meridian. A company called Reclaimed Structures bought the building from St. Luke's for $1 in a promise to move the building to the Meridian area for private interests. The building is expected to be rolled from its Boise foundations around Oct.1. That's when the children's pavilion will begin construction, with a hoped-for completion date in late 2018.