St. Luke's Boise Medical Center
Part of St. Luke’s mission to improve the health of the surrounding communities includes enhancing access to healthcare services for patients. This led to the development of a new parking garage located near State Street, a major roadway in Boise. The Layton team guided the construction of the new garage, which is attached to the new energy-efficient central utility plant. The parking garage is eight levels with two below grade and has nearly 1,100 stalls, while the new utility plant contains all the needs for the ongoing hospital campus expansion.
The hospital campus is a conglomerate of buildings constructed over the past 100 years, and many of the older utilities needed to be upgraded. The existing CUP was one of them, but it fed the boilers and chillers for the existing hospital. As an operating hospital, none of these could be turned off.
The Layton team had to build new and additional underground infrastructure to support the hospital’s operations. The team led an extensive shoring effort and deftly maneuvered around the City of Boise’s underground geothermal line. The city disconnected the line, and when construction finished, reestablished the geothermal component.
In addition to the parking garage and the CUP, the Layton team built a second building for shipping and receiving. This building serves as a hub for a unique pneumatic tube system that connects to the existing hospital. When hospital workers need to send trash or linens to the new building, they must walk through the underground connection about halfway and then the trans-vac system does the rest. On the opposite side, when products arrive by semi-truck, they are unloaded and brought to a large freight elevator before being distributed to support the medical center.
In addition to the shipping and receiving area, the team installed a brand-new medical gas farm, emergency generators and paralleling gear on the roof, meeting the operational needs of the hospital.