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St. Luke's Children's Pavilion
Children are special, and so are their healthcare needs. They need age-appropriate therapies to help them cope with illness or hospitalization, opportunities to express themselves when their world is changing, and an environment of positivity and fun that lets them just be kids.

That’s the goal of St. Luke’s new Children’s Pavilion, which is going up across the street from St. Luke’s in Boise, home to Idaho’s only Children’s Hospital. For safe, direct access, it will connect via sky bridge over Avenue B. But the Pavilion is more than a building. It’s what we’re putting inside that really matters. 

Designed to meet the needs of kids, their families, and the people who care for them, the state-of-the-art facility will more than double our clinical space and improve vital services that keep care close to home. It will bring most of our pediatric specialists and services under one roof, allowing us to provide care more efficiently and easing the burden on parents and kids who will now be able to see several providers in one location in one day.

And that’s not all. Whether it’s the Family Resource Center that lets moms and dads stay connected to life outside medical buildings, the Sibling Clubhouse to keep brothers and sisters entertained during long appointments, or the demonstration kitchen where families learn to cook for children with special dietary needs, we’re building on our promise to take the best care of our young patients—and the whole family, too.

You Can Make a Difference

To make the Children’s Pavilion a reality, St. Luke’s must raise $20 million of the $42 million needed to build, equip, and furnish the new facility. Thanks to thousands of community donors, including St. Luke’s employees, physicians, and board members, we’ve already raised $15 million and are well on our way. Now, we need you.

Join us in supporting this special place – one that will touch the lives of so many children and families for decades to come. Please consider giving the most meaningful gift you can by making an online donation today or contacting St. Luke's Health Foundation.

Facility Features

We gathered input from hundreds of patients, families, and clinicians to define important features specially designed to make the Children's Pavilion child- and family-friendly: 

  • Physician and rehabilitation clinics under the same roof
  • Convenient underground parking
  • Welcome Center with central check-in
  • Waiting rooms filled with natural light
  • Interactive spaces and healing arts
  • Rooftop garden and outdoor play deck
  • Healthy Living Center and teaching kitchen
  • Family Resource Center and Sibling Clubhouse
  • Sky bridge with safe, direct access to St. Luke's Children's Hospital

Project Details

  • Cost = $42 million
  • Donations = $15 million to date; seeking an additional $5 million in community donations
  • Space = 4-story building; 85,000 square feet 
  • Map = located on the southeast corner of Jefferson Street and Avenue B


  • Fall 2016 – Site preparation
  • Winter 2016 – Excavation and foundational work
  • Summer 2017 – Cornerstone laid, building goes up
  • Early 2019 – Grand opening celebration

Latest News - December 9, 2016 Update

  • Site work – With the site now clear, crews are excavating a large hole in order to create the building's foundation. To minimize noise and reduce vibration in the neighborhood during the shoring process, we are using a drilled pier shoring system rather than pile driving. That work is expected to be done in January. Excavation will then begin and is expected to increase truck traffic on Avenue C, Jefferson and Broadway.
  • Road impact – In early January, crews will close a half block of Avenue C from the alley to Jefferson. This is to accommodate large trucks that are staged and available to haul away dirt and debris. While the closure is temporary, the road in that section will be off-limits for much of the duration of the project. 
  • Facility construction - Once the site is prepared, construction on the building will begin starting with the underground garage. You can expect to see the building begin to form above ground in summer 2017.
Please check this page regularly to stay informed about our progress.