Topping out ceremony at Fargo Medical Center

Sanford Health is proud to be one step closer to the completion of the new Fargo Medical Center. Since last spring, the Fargo community has started to see the framework of our new center rise from the site. The steel work started in July, and on Nov. 11, the highest steel beam was installed during a “topping out” ceremony. This was a great event for our Sanford family and for our community as we celebrated this milestone and the beginning of the next phase of construction.

2014 also saw the completion of the elevator shaft in August, the start of the exterior walls and the beginning of window installation. Construction on the central energy plant has also begun. This will house the generators, boilers and other equipment necessary to operate the medical center. The design was finalized for the additions of the Family Birth Center and the NICU, which will be new additions to the medical center.

Winter preparation has also started on the construction site so work may continue throughout the cold and snowy upcoming months. Soon the entire building will be enclosed with reinforced plastic and gas fire heaters will be installed in order to keep workers safe from the elements.

There is much to look forward to in 2015. Bath pods will arrive in January and by May the entire outside of the building will be complete. However, there will still be much left to accomplish before we are ready for patients in 2017.

We want to thank all of you for the support and input as we continue onto the next stage in this exciting endeavor. During the next phase, there will be anywhere from 600 to 800 construction workers on-site daily. These numbers will have a profound economic impact on the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo communities.

Stay tuned for more updates!

New Sanford Medical Center Update

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June is a busy month for construction at the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center. Did you know there will be 1.5 million pounds of ductwork in the facility which is equivalent to the weight of a herd of 750 Bison?

All three of the tower cranes are now at full height. The west crane is one of the tallest freestanding tower cranes in North America. Crane operators play a very important role in the construction process of such a large building project. You can learn more about the life of a crane operator later this month when local media outlets feature A Day in the Life of a Crane Operator.

The first delivery of steel will occur mid-month. The steel is fabricated at the mill and most of the structural steel is from Nucor located in Blytheville, Arkansas. The steel will be trucked to the site and located according to placement in the structure. The steel columns and beams will be set on the pile caps and will tie into the shear core. The shear core is a stabilizing feature of the structural design.

We are excited to unveil the design of the Cully’s Kids Cabin at the Cully’s Kids Celebrity Weekend on June 27-28. The event includes a golf tournament, kid’s picnic and silent auction. The Cullen Children’s Foundation is donating $1,000,000 to the development of the Cully’s Kids Cabin in the new Children’s Hospital which will include construction costs, furniture, fixtures and equipment. Remaining funds will go to the ongoing support of this child life area. To learn more about this event visit

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New Sanford Fargo Medical Center Construction Renderings Revealed

The final architectural renderings is now unveiled showcasing the detailed exterior design of the new $494 million Sanford Fargo Medical Center. The building design is classic collegiate gothic architectural style, Sanford’s chosen design for all its new builds. 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. With 384 beds and 1 million square feet, it is in the top 10 health care projects in the U.S.

“It takes significant collaboration to create a facility like the 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.”

Medical services to be housed in the new building include: Children’s/ Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Trauma/Operating Rooms, Orthopedics/Neurosurgery, Heart Surgery/Interventional Cardiology and Emergency Services. Looking ahead, be sure to go to the Fargo Medical Center construction web site to keep informed on the progress made and to watch the live webcam of the construction progress.

View more renderings here.

Learn more about the Sanford Fargo Medical Center Construction Project here.

Prepping the Deep Foundation

The site is undergoing the start of preparation for the deep foundation. This work includes site grading and utilities, road construction, placing weight-bearing pilings, footings and foundations.  The more visible construction process which includes steel erection, building envelope and finish work will follow.