MERIDIAN — Idaho State University broke ground Tuesday on The L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Treasure Valley Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. The 8,000-square-foot, $4 million facility, located in the Health Science Centers east wing, will include a cadaver laboratory with 12 gurney stations and virtual anatomy and physiology. Construction should be completed in January.
Through distance-learning technology and the Idaho Education Network, ISU will be able to provide anatomy and physiology presentations to high schools across the state. Lessons could include virtual tours of the human body and sessions in forensics, sports medicine, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. This facility will be the first of its kind in Idaho, ensuring the highest level of health-science education for our students while opening new doors to medical research, said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas said in a press release.
The facility will be also open to hospitals, clinics, law enforcement and emergency services agencies for specialized training. In 2013, the Idaho Legislature appropriated $2 million toward construction and ISU secured the remaining portion from private donors, including The ALSAM Foundation, which is the charitable trust of the late Sam Skaggs and his wife, Aline. Mountain Home-based C-2 Construction is the projects general contractor, and Hummel Architects of Boise is the designer.