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See inside: St. Luke’s makes progress on new kids building, skybridge

The outside of the St. Luke’s Idaho Elks Children’s Pavilion is just about complete, and crews are working to get the inside finished.

BoiseDev took a tour of the building-in-progress – including the new fourth-story skybridge that connects it to the main hospital across the street.

Though the building isn’t set to open until this fall, crews are working to bring it to life, with hundreds of design touches and different ideas.

Colors and themes

St. Luke's Children's Pavilion

Each floor of the St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion gets its own unique theming. A color, an animal and an environment help give patients and parents easy touchstones to navigate the massive space.

“It speaks to the importance in such a big building of finding where you are,” Dr. Kathryn Beattie said. “If one of the parents gets here first and they are on the phone in the room trying to tell them how to get to them, it needs to be really obvious.”

[Playful new renderings show St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion as final beam hoisted]

The third floor, for instance, features predominantly showcases the color green, with an elk for iconography and Idaho’s mountains for a setting.

Rendering of the third floor elevator core. Courtesy St. Luke’s Health System.

Bridge over Ave. B

The fourth-floor sky bridge connects the outpatient building with the inpatient services of St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center next door. It will provide an all-weather connection, but also will give an amenity to building visitors.

St. Luke's Children's Pavilion
Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
View from the skybridge windows. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

During the day, the sky bridge, with its sweeping views of Boise, will be open to the outpatient visitors of the pavilion building. Hospital security will limit access to the main building behind card access doors.

“It’s kind of cool,” Beattie said. “Whether kids are watching the traffic, or looking at the mountains – you can even see all the way to (Albertsons Stadium) from here.”

The side windows of the bridge will feature a glazed river design, which will give dimension and detail for both people walking through the bridge as well as people looking at it from below.

In the evening, the flow will be reversed, so children staying in the hospital, and their families can venture out on to the bridge to enjoy the sights.

St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion designed for functionality

Under the building, crews built three four floors of parking. The first story contains a half-story of parking – mostly those with a handicap endorsement, plus drop off areas.

All patients will check in on the first floor, and a staff member will direct them to their individual care area.

Each of the second, third and fourth floors has a similar layout. Patients will arrive off the elevator to a waiting area. A long corridor to the north will match each floor’s theme, with special features like cabin nooks.

St. Luke's Children's Pavilion
Orange accents on the second floor of the building show up in the carpet and painted features. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

All of the “back of house” features are screened from the public. Nurses stations, doctors offices and the like will all be tucked away out of sight from young patients. For exam rooms, patients will enter from one side, and doctors will enter through another – each linked to their public or staff areas of the building.

Beattie shows off one of the future doctor’s areas in the back of house space in the building. The glass will be partially frosted for privacy. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Timeline ahead

Crews continue work on the project, and will for the next weeks and months. Then, staff will get a chance to move in and get the building equipped and ready to go. It will consolidate existing children’s services across the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center campus, as well as downtown Boise to one location.

Once everything is set to go, a public open house is planned, so anyone interested can get a peek inside.

Then, doctors, nurses and administrators will get down to business. It is expected to be fully operational in the second half of the year.

First floor corridor. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Straight down the skybridge. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Another skybridge view. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
A future area for siblings of visiting patients. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
Skybridge from the ground level. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
South-facing skybridge view. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev
North-facing view from the building. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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