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Published March 13, 2014, 12:16 PM

First of three cranes in place at new Sanford Medical Center

FARGO – One of three tower cranes is in place at the construction site of the new Sanford Medical Center, where structural steel that will rise 11 stories high will begin going up early this summer.

By: Forum staff reports , INFORUM

FARGO – One of three tower cranes is in place at the construction site of the new Sanford Medical Center, where structural steel that will rise 11 stories high will begin going up early this summer.

“It’s not tulips, it’s a tower crane. It’s obviously a sign of a lot of things starting to happen,” Paul Richard, president of Sanford Medical Center, said Thursday morning.

By summer, the construction site near Interstate 94 and Veterans Boulevard will be humming with 600 to 800 construction workers assembling the $494 million medical center.

The project, encompassing almost 1 million square feet, is the seventh largest hospital under construction in the United States, according to Sanford and Mortenson Construction.

“We’re still on time, on budget and on schedule,” Richard said.

The steel skeleton should be in place by the end of the year, and the building should be enclosed by the end of 2015, with completion expected late in 2016.

Afterward, planning will begin on a future second phase, which will include clinical space. Initially, the center will provide hospital care.

Planning also continues for a renovated downtown medical center and Sanford’s South University Drive campus.

For more on the story read Friday’s Forum.

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