Williamson Medical picks contractor for big expansion

Additions, renovations will boost pediatric, surgery departments

The leaders of Williamson Medical Center have selected Skanska USA to handle the construction of a pediatric care center and renovation of surgical suites.

Skanska officials say their contract is worth $51 million. The firm’s work will add about 118,000 square feet of new space and renovate another 38,000 square feet. The hospital first announced its expansion plans in conjunction with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s pediatric arm last October. At the time, they estimated the work would cost $67 million.

WMC officials could not be reached for comment Friday for detail on the difference between that number and Skanska’s $51 million.

Skanska execs say they plan to start work October and expect their project to be completed by November 2015.