UHS Wilson Medical Center is beginning the process of a $14.9 million dollar renovation to one of its oldest buildings.
Demolition has begun on 75 percent of the old Picciano Building on the Johnson City campus.
The removal of three-quarters of the structure is the first step toward construction of a new gateway building.
The 4 story structure will provide a modern kitchen, dishwashing area, dining space, retail grab and go snack service, as well as areas for offices and meeting rooms.
Director of Construction Karen McElwee says saving only 25 percent of building made the most sense after the parking garage deck collapse in 2015 left the structure vacated. “We could have stabilized the entire building but the cost in the end product didn’t really make it a wise economic decision. So it was at that time we decided we would vacate it. Figure out how we could save this important utilitarian core at the south end and move on from there.”
The project will also include renovation of the pedestrian bridge over Baldwin Street to provide access from the new building to the main part of the medical center.
Demolitions are expected to be complete by the end of June.