St. Luke’s Tearing Down Part Of Historic Building
The August 10th derecho that slammed into Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities leveled homes and businesses throughout the corridor. St. Luke's Hospital also suffered severe damages due to the storm. In fact, Unity Point Health-St Luke's has announced plans to tear down part of a historic building located on their Cedar Rapids campus.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that The Resource Center, located on the east side of the campus along Coe Road NE, suffered over $400,000 in damages following the August 10th derecho. After an inspection, the building was determined to have "significant structural concerns, among other issues identified following the storm", according to a hospital statement released on Monday. The Gazette reports that rather than reinvest in the building, Unity Point made the decision to demolish parts of the building before the end of the year.
Two of the three wings of The Resource Center will be demolished entirely. The top four floors of the third wing will also come down, but the wings lower level classrooms, auditorium, and tunnel system to the main building at St. Luke's will remain. Demolition is set to begin on October 26th.
The building has been part of the campus for decades. The Gazette reports that the original wing of The Resource Center dates back to 1917, when it was the Nursing Education Building at St. Luke's. It house the school of nursing up to 1987. It was renamed The Resource Center in 1986.
All previous tenants of the building have been relocated following the August 10th storm.