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Final Architectural Renderings for New Sanford Unveiled

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Fargo, N.D. - On Thursday morning, Sanford Health unveiled the final architectural renderings showcasing the detailed exterior design of the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center. This is the first time the final designs of the $494 million project have been available, giving people a realistic vision of what the outside of the building will look like.

Sanford says the building design is classic collegiate gothic architectural style, which is what Sanford has chosen design for all its new builds. The look is low maintenance and serves as a visual embodiment of Sanford Health.

The 11 story structure has four hospital towers in the shape of an "X," allowing all patient rooms to have large windows with unobstructed views. At its peak, it will be 7 feet shorter than Fargo's Radisson hotel. The hospital will be 1 million square feet with 384 beds, making it one of the top 10 largest health care construction projects in the nation.

According to Sanford Health, 58% of patients come from outside the metro area, and easy interstate access was key in choosing the location near Interstate-94

"The vision and initial plans to build were first formed in 2009 by Kelby Krabbenhoft and Dr. Roger Gilbertson," said Nate White, chief operating officer, Sanford Health. "With careful planning and a focus on putting patients first we are very pleased to be at this stage."

The new medical center remains on budget and on schedule. Deep foundation pilings were recently completed and next up is concrete foundation work. Next summer, structural steel will begin to go up and will change the skyline in southwest Fargo. 

From architects to electricians to builders and plumbers, it is expected that 700-800 workers will be involved over the course of several years. Fargo's new medical center is just one of several projects Sanford is embarking on, totaling more than $1 billion in new clinic and hospital construction over 5 years.

Other projects include: $60 million Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center, $17 million Sanford Moorhead Clinic, $8 million Sanford Bemidji addition and $20 million Sanford Dickinson Clinic, all currently ahead or on schedule.

Upon completion of the new medical center, Sanford Health will continue with its plans to remodel the existing downtown Fargo campus and expand the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

"It takes significant collaboration to create a facility like Sanford Fargo Medical Center.  We appreciate the hard work and dedication provided by all who are involved," said Dennis Millirons, president, Sanford Fargo Medical Center. "In addition to the architects, building experts and local vendors, Sanford Health physicians, nurses, administration, support staff and community members are all contributing their time to the design."

To follow construction updates or to learn more, visit sanfordhealth.org/fargomedicalcenter

Project facts:

  • $494 million, 1 million square feet, 11 stories, 384 beds, 28 operating rooms, 51 ER bays, to be completed in 2016-2017.
  • 109 acres allows for future expansion.
  • Local companies involved with the project include Hebron Brick Company, S & S Landscaping, MEI, Dakota Fence, Industrial Builders and many more. 
  • Sanford's new medical center will be located on the south side of I-94 at the intersection between Veteran's Boulevard and 51st Street, Fargo.
  • Helipad is located directly above the emergency center and near the operating rooms creating optimal access.
  • Medical services to be housed in the new building remain the same and include a majority of Sanford's inpatient hospital units: Children's/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Trauma/Operating Rooms, Orthopedics/Neurosurgery, Heart Surgery/Interventional Cardiology and Emergency Services.
  • The project is designed around LEED qualifications in energy and environmental areas.

Fun facts:

  • Total dirt moved to date: 300,000 cubic yards, or 3.5 million wheelbarrow loads
  • Total erosion control fence installed: 14,000 feet, which would circle the Fargodome 8 times
  • Total linear feet of steel pipe pilings: 97,000 feet or 270 football fields or 19 miles
  • Estimated man hours to build the project: 1.4 million
  • Pounds of ductwork in the new facility: 1.5 million pounds of ductwork or the weight of a herd of 750 Bison
  • Length of mechanical piping on the project:  80 miles, stretching from Fargo to Grand Forks
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