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A First Look Into The New Sanford Fargo Medical Center

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Construction on the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center is on schedule and right on budget and the first piece of the almost $500 million facility is shaping up.

Standing at 274 ft. and 11 stories, the elevator shaft is the first piece of the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo to come together.

"Right now it's the most prominent feature out here," Sanford Health President, Paul Richard said.

But to those traveling around Fargo its not the elevator that spikes their interest but what's building it.

"We get a lot of questions about the cranes and logistics," Joanna Slominski, the Construction Executive said.

There are three cranes, one over 300 feet tall, helping construct the facility, along with almost 300 people on sight to keep things moving.

Total, Sanford said 156,000 hours of man hours will go into the project.

"It's fun. It's very exciting especially because this hasn't happened in North Dakota before," Slominski said.

It's the largest scaled structure in the state and now Sanford is giving people a first glimpse of what to expect when you walk through its doors into the 4,000 square-foot lobby, flooded with natural light and with three restaurants included.

You can also see what it will look like both in and out of all 384 patient rooms.

"Every room has a view and that was very intentional. That's why you see the modified X-shape of the building," Don Marty, Sanford Health Vice President said.

A view of the outside patients will always be able to see that is only beginning to take shape both in the air and on the ground.

"Every day it's changing," Slominski said.

The hospital is expected to be done in late 2016 to early 2017 and the first patients will be seen sometime in 2017.

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