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Idaho Elks 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 Idaho Elks 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 Idaho Elks 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 Idaho Elks 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 = $22 million to date
  • Space = 4-story building; 100,000 square feet 
  • Map = located on the southeast corner of Jefferson Street and Avenue B


  • Fall 2016 – Site preparation
  • Winter 2016 – Excavation and shoring
  • Early 2018 – Below grade parking and foundations complete, above grade structural work begins
  • Fall 2018 – Above grade structural work complete
  • Winter 2018 – Sky bridge installed
  • Summer 2019 – Project complete

Latest News - October 2018 Update

The St. Luke's Children's Pavilion team took great strides over the spring and summer to transform a hole in the ground into three levels of underground parking topped by a four-story building. Here's what we have planned for the next few months:

  • In October, the final steel beam will be placed on top of the Children's Pavilion. This will mark the end to structural construction and the we'll shift to completing exterior and interior finishes.
  • Once the final beam is set, the tower crane that has been in place since the summer of 2017 will dismantled and removed. This will take approximately three days and result in the temporary closure of one block of East Jefferson for one weekend.
  • The pre-constructed steel trellis frames for the new sky bridge will be delivered from Twin Falls to an empty lot north of the hospital, where they'll be assembled over two months. Once done, the 123-foot box truss sky bridge will be hoisted by two cranes, rolled down Avenue B and set into place over a weekend. This construction technique was selected for safety reasons and to have the least impact to traffic. We expect the placement to happen at the end of the year and will require several road closures. 
  • The bridge will be supported by the Children's Pavilion on the east side and a new concrete frame on the west side. It was designed to be 12 feet away from the hospital and completely independent so it can move in the event of an earthquake. 
  • When complete, the sky bridge will be Idaho's only bridge to connect two buildings over a road.

Please check this page regularly to stay informed about our progress.