October 7, 2013

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 HKS-designed, $494 million project renderings have been available, giving people a realistic vision of the building’s exterior.

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 seven feet shorter than Fargo’s Radisson Hotel. With 384 beds and 1 million square feet, it remains one of the top-10 largest healthcare construction projects in the nation. The location will serve as an I-94 gateway. With 58 percent 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 completed recently, with concrete foundation work to begin soon. Next summer, structural steel will change the skyline in southwest Fargo. 

Dan Noble, director of design for HKS, notes, "This project is actually one of the top 10 healthcare projects in terms of cost and size in the whole country with nearly 400 beds and 30 operating rooms. When people come in, it's a more inviting, less institutional, type of atmosphere. Parking is convenient; drop-offs are intuitive and easy to find."

It is a massive construction project with far-reaching economic impact. From architects to electricians to builders and plumbers, it is expected that 700 to 800 workers will be involved over the course of several years. Fargo’s new medical center is just one of several projects Sanford is undertaking, totaling more than $1 billion in new clinic and hospital construction over five 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 of or on schedule.

Upon completion of the new medical center, Sanford Health will continue its plan 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 of raising $50 million. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org, 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.”

Design and Construction Team

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, allowing 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 of Veteran’s Boulevard and 51st Street, Fargo.
  • A 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 to meet 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 eight 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 Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare 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. 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 healthcare 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 sanfordhealth.org.

About HKS, Inc.
Operating from 27 offices worldwide, with more than 950 dedicated professionals, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 1,470 unique projects representing 74,000 beds and 151 million square feet. Some of their healthcare projects include; Minneapolis Heart Institute – Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital, Minneapolis; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix; Cleveland Clinic Florida – Weston, Fla. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

Images of architectural renderings available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfordhealth


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