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Published April 13, 2012, 11:30 PM

Minneapolis firm chosen to build $340 million Sanford Fargo Medical Center starting this year

Work will begin this summer, with occupancy planned for 2016
FARGO – Mortenson Construction, a Minneapolis-based construction company specializing in health care construction, has been selected to build the new $340 million Sanford Fargo Medical Center, the company said Friday.

FARGO – Mortenson Construction, a Minneapolis-based construction company specializing in health care construction, has been selected to build the new $340 million Sanford Fargo Medical Center, the company said Friday.

Mortenson will partner with Nor-Son Inc. of Baxter, Minn., to build the center, which will be the largest in North Dakota.

Work on the new medical center will begin this summer, with occupancy planned for 2016.

The facility, which will be built between Veterans Boulevard and 45th Street south of Interstate 94, will “serve as the medical center for the entire region,” said Dennis Millirons, president of Sanford Medical center of Fargo,

The medical center’s nine stories will feature 460 inpatient beds, 32 operating room suites, a heliport, a 200,000-square-foot clinic and much more, the release stated.

The center will have more than 1.2 million square feet of space.

Millirons said Friday he’s excited by the selection of Mortenson and Nor-Son, and is looking forward to the construction process getting started.

“We’re very excited about the team of Mortenson and Nor-Son,” he said. “They’re exceptional construction companies.”

Mortenson, ranked by Engineering News-Record as the 19th largest builder and sixth-largest health care contractor in the nation, has built 42 projects in North Dakota since 1976 and more than $4.5 billion in projects nationally in the past 10 years.

Mortenson recently completed work on a new $37 million hospital in Jamestown, and Nor-Son is working on the downtown Fargo Sanford campus as construction manager of the $4 million Roger Maris Cancer Center addition and remodeling project.

The news release stated the companies will try to employ as many local subcontractors as possible. More than 600 workers are expected to be employed during the facility’s construction.

Groundbreaking will be this summer, Millirons said, with the energy and logistics center being the first phase of the project.

Construction of the main building will start the following year, and occupancy is planned for 2016.


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