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Final Architectural Renderings for Sanford Fargo Medical Center Unveiled

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Fargo Medical Center(Fargo, ND) Sanford Health has 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 building’s exterior will entail.

The building design is classic collegiate gothic architectural style, Sanford’s chosen design for all its new builds. The look is timeless, low maintenance and serves as a visual embodiment of Sanford Health. The soaring 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. With 384 beds and 1 million square feet, it remains one of the top 10 largest health care construction projects in the nation. The location will serve as an I-94 gateway. With 58% of Sanford’s patients coming from outside the metro area, easy interstate access is key.

“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.  

It is a massive construction project with far reaching economic impact. 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.

Sanford Health Foundation’s “Building Tomorrow Today” campaign is supporting this monumental project with a goal to raise $50 million. For more information visit, keyword: Building Tomorrow Today.

“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.”

HKS, Inc.- JLG Architects – architect/designer, Dallas TX and Fargo, ND
Mortenson-Nor-Son Construction – construction manager, Fargo, ND and Minneapolis, MN
Lightowler Johnson Associates, Inc. – civil engineer, Fargo, ND
Northern Technologies, Inc – soil engineer, Fargo, ND

To follow construction updates or to learn more, visit

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

About HKS, Inc.
Operating from 30 offices worldwide, with more than 950 dedicated professionals, HKS focuses on innovative health care design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning health care architecture includes 1,470 unique projects representing 74,000 beds and 151 million square feet. Some of their health care projects include; Minneapolis Heart Institute – Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, Florida. For more information, visit

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 39 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit

Emily Bormann
Sanford Health Media Relations
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