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Going up: St. Lukes takes steps for new elevators

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 Photo courtesy St. Luke's Health System
Photo courtesy St. Luke’s Health System

St. Luke’s Health System’s Boise medical center is about to get an uplifting upgrade: more elevators.

The current main public elevator system is often crowded and slow as it services ten stories and several basement levels – busy areas filled with patients, visitors and guests.

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To add capacity, workers are actually cutting new holes in each of the floor plates to retrofit two additional lifts across from the current three.  That’s caused crews to shuffle things around and barricade the area on each of the hospital’s floors.

Director of Architecture and Construction Jeff Hull with St. Luke’s says the project is quite involved:

“We are upgrading seven elevators that we installed in the early 90s, four patient/staff, and the three main public elevators,” he told BoiseDev.com via a spokesperson.

Work on the additional elevators is already underway.

Then crews will “systematically upgrade the existing seven, one at a time. This work will probably take a couple of years to complete. When done with this project we will have nine brand new elevators that should serve us well into the future.”

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