Press Release - Camera on ICOM’s Construction Site Captures Progress being Made on Idaho’s First Medical School


June 27, 2017

Contact: Ysabel Bilbao (208) 989-8855

Camera on ICOM’s Construction Site Captures Progress being Made on Idaho’s First Medical School

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Just a few weeks after the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) broke ground on the first medical school in Idaho, construction has been moving along steadily, and most importantly on time.

The existing parking lot has been excavated to allow for the new building footprint. The building pad is about 85-percent complete and the foundations are around 75-percent complete. Structural steel is being placed vertically, and it can be seen from Interstate 84 next to the Idaho State University-Meridian campus and near the Meridian exit. The state-of-the-art facility will include a large lobby, admissions, library, simulation spaces, osteopathic manual manipulation lab, standardized patient clinic simulation suite, lecture halls, small group study rooms, and multiple student lounge and support spaces.

“This is a 13-month project and we are thrilled to see the incredible progress being made. 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,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, ICOM founding dean and chief academic officer.

Meridian based construction firm, Engineered Structures Inc. (ESI) has a camera that captures the progress every 10 minutes and allows ICOM staff, as well as the public, the opportunity to see the changes being made each day. Photos can be seen at:

“It is great to see the progress being made. Anyone who is interested can see the changes from the freeway as they drive by, but they can also get a bird’s eye view of construction as it happens,” said Dr. Hasty. “It is great to scroll through the photos and see the incredible changes in such a short time.”

The cost of building the high-performance facility is estimated to be upwards of $34 million, all privately funded, and the state of Idaho is expected to gain financially with an economic impact of more than $500 million in the first ten years of full operation. By the end of the project the building will be 94,000-square feet (sq. ft.) and sit on 2.8 acres. ESI plans to use an estimated 30,000-sq. ft. of stone, 25,000-sq. ft. of metal panels, 20,000-sq. ft. of glass, more than 500 tons of steel, more than 2,000 cubic yards of concrete and 2,000 linear feet of exterior sunshades.


About the Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will be a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity located at Idaho State University’s Health Science Center in Meridian. As part of the collaboration and affiliation agreement with ISU, ICOM has agreed to a long-term land lease for its facility at ISU’s Meridian Health Science Center. While in pre-accreditation status, ICOM cannot solicit nor accept applications from students until provisional accreditation is achieved.