JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The Academic Health Sciences Center at East Tennessee State University held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning to begin a multi-million dollar renovation project.
Building 60, a turn of the 20th century structure on the VA campus, will be transformed into a new Interprofessional Education and Research Center.
The project will retain many of the historical features of the building but will add state-of-the-art facilities for every health sciences college at the university.
University Chief Operating Officer Wilsie Bishop said the building would keep its historic look while becoming a modern educational environment.
“It will look like it did in 1905 when we finish,” Bishop said. “We’re going to preserve a lot of the historic features inside. We’re going to make this really high tech and state-of-the-art, comparable to the best in the country.”
Changes will include simulation labs, research space, classrooms, student study space, and other much needed space for the growing university.
“This building,” Bishop said, “Which is a beautiful turn of the twentieth century building on the VA campus will be renovated to provide a place where students and faculty and staff will have an opportunity to study and work together in both formal and informal ways.”
The renovation is expected to cost around $13 million and should be completed by the summer of 2018.
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