St. Luke's raising highest beam on new shipping and receiving building Tuesday

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Posted at 3:48 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 05:48:27-05

BOISE, Idaho — St. Luke's employees and Layton Construction Company will temporarily stop work Tuesday for an important construction milestone on the first phase of the downtown Boise Medical Center expansion. One of the highest steel beams will be set in place at 1 p.m. on the new St. Luke's shipping and receiving building.

Crews moving the beam will make a stop in Meridian to have it signed by members of the St. Luke's Supply Chain team before heading to Jefferson Street in Boise. The beam will then be lifted into place during a short topping out ceremony. It's a long-standing tradition in the commercial steel construction industry and marks the progress being made.

To support a growing Treasure Valley and increasing patient needs, St. Luke's is updating and modernizing the Boise Medical Center. The shipping and receiving building is one of three currently under construction and is designed to be the main delivery drop-off and pick-up point for the hospital.

The new building is 28,841 square-feet and three stories, with two stories above ground and one below. The neighborhood and community input helped drive the design and functionality of the facility. The orientation of the building allows large trucks to use an alley between 1st and 2nd Streets. The loading docks will be covered from public view and the associated noise will be reduced. The building design includes St. Luke's brick, riased planters and significant landscaping. It should be finished in late 2020.

The shipping and receiving building is part of the St. Luke’s Master Plan. Following a multiyear planning and engagement process, the Master Plan was approved by the Boise City Council and adopted into the City of Boise’s Blueprint Boise comprehensive plan in 2015.

A new parking garage and joint central plant is also under construction at the northwest corner of the Boise Medical Center. The new central plant will replace an aging facility and help keep the hospital running. The parking garage will add an extra 1,128 stalls to the St. Luke's Boise campus. it's eight stories tall with two levels below ground and six above. That building should also be complete in 2020.