Picciano Building demolition starts at UHS Wilson
Demolition has begun on 75 percent of the old Picciano Building on the UHS Wilson Medical Center campus in Johnson City. The removal of three-fourths of the structure is the first step toward construction of a new Gateway building that will expand, upgrade and modernize the UHS Wilson facility.
Demolition work will continue through June.
“The Gateway project will enhance the UHS Wilson campus and provide much-needed space for culinary services and meeting rooms,” said John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS. "It will make the medical center more accommodating to the patients, visitors, providers and staff who access the facility on a daily basis.”
Following demolition of most of the old building, renovation will begin on the remaining 25 percent.
The structure will provide for a modern kitchen, dishwashing area, dining space and retail grab-and-go snack service, as well as areas for offices, meeting rooms and supply-chain functions.
"When completed, this will put our Food & Nutrition staff back in their element, as we'll be able to prepare fresh food right here in an on-site kitchen," said Chris Zduniak, manager of Food & Nutrition. "We feel this will greatly improve the patient experience."
The work will also include renovation of the pedestrian bridge over Baldwin Street to provide easy access from the new building to the main part of the medical center, plus access to UHS Wilson’s elevated parking ramp.
Construction associated with the Gateway project is expected to be completed this fall.
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