Meridian Press - Construction underway on Meridian medical school

The new medical school is taking shape in Meridian.

Construction on the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine began in May. A steel frame can be seen from Interstate 84 between the Meridian Road and Eagle Road exits.

The college, which is still in the accreditation process, plans to open in August 2018 for a class of 150 students. It shares a campus with the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center, but it is a private, separate entity.

The $34 million facility will have three stories and 94,000 square feet.

"While our contractors move steadily outside, we are diligently working inside to ensure we have the right staff in place, the curriculum ready and our classrooms prepared to open our doors next summer,” stated Dr. Robert Hasty, ICOM founding dean and chief academic officer.

Meridian-based Engineered Structures Inc. (ESI) is building the facility. ESI has a camera that captures the building's progress every 10 minutes. Photos can be seen at app.oxblue.com/open/idaho/collegeofosteopathic.