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Sanford says $500 million hospital in Fargo on schedule

FARGO - The $500 million Sanford Medical Center being built along Interstate 94 in southwest Fargo is still on track to open in 2016 or 2017, the health provider said Wednesday, contrary to media reports this week that construction had been delayed.

Sanford Health hopes to unveil the architect's final renderings of the 11-story hospital by the end of this month, spokeswoman Emily Bormann stated in an emailed response to questions.

"The building will look the same, but the detail of the brick style, color and design will be available for the first time," she stated. "This has been our plan for several months, we are just awaiting the designs to be finalized."

The project is on budget and construction is on schedule, Bormann said, adding, "We have consistently said we'll be open in 2016-2017.

"As with any project of this magnitude and four-year construction timeline, there may be future adjustments. We'll certainly let folks know if anything changes," she stated.

In response to media reports that a planned parking ramp component of the project had been replaced with a parking lot, Bormann stated, "There was never a plan for a parking ramp. We have plenty of surface parking available. A ramp would only be considered in the future as the campus grows and if the need arises."

The new 1-million-square-foot facility will contain 384 beds, 51 emergency room bays and 28 operating rooms.