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Published October 03, 2013, 01:17 PM

Sanford unveils detailed look at $494 million hospital under construction

FARGO – One of many challenges in building a $494 million medical center that will tower 11 stories and occupy 1 million square feet is to make it feel unintimidating.

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

FARGO – One of many challenges in building a $494 million medical center that will tower 11 stories and occupy 1 million square feet is to make it feel unintimidating.

The designers of the Sanford Medical Center hope to accomplish that by employing a traditional architectural style called collegiate gothic, Sanford’s signature look, with brickwork and earthy tones.

Detailed architectural sketches of the mammoth project were unveiled Thursday as work continues on the new medical center, slated to open in late 2016 or early 2017 near Veterans Boulevard and Interstate 94.

Ground was broken in the summer of 2012 and workers recently finished driving 1,300 pilings to support the foundation and structure.

Workers will begin erecting the steel support structure in the spring, and the skeleton should be visible by next summer as it emerges from the hole that provides the base for center.

The center will have 384 beds, 51 emergency department bays and 28 operating rooms.

Specialties will include children’s pediatrics and pediatric intensive care, trauma care and emergency services, orthopedics and neurosurgery, as well as heart surgery and interventional cardiology.

For more read Friday’s Forum.

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