In the heart of Boise lays a historical downtown area that displays vintage steam engines as well as modern steam boilers for all to see. Steam has been such an important component to so many systems in numerous industries, including potato processing, healthcare, and many others. State-of-the-art technologies to reduce emissions, increase efficiencies, and operate quietly are now utilized; however, it’s easy to see the similarities from the humble vintage designs to the modern boiler.
In 2018, when St. Luke’s Hospital designed its new healthcare facility, administrators embraced the traditional values of the downtown area while incorporating a modern twist. When contractors installed the new Cleaver-Brooks CBEX steam boilers, they became an art installation, of sorts, encased behind glass walls, just like the rare steam tractors. The new facility was designed to fit into this significant historical portion of downtown Boise while providing the dependability and reliability required for a hospital of this caliber to provide necessary treatment for its patients.
The steam plant design with the open glass walls hits the mark for the historical area. The addition of this moderns team plant beautifully paints the picture of the region’s past and how far technology has come. The two eras of steam-generating equipment fit together well in Boise, and a leisurely walk around town offers wonderful views to the equipment that is truly the heart of the system for so many applications.