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Minot hospital seeks rezoning to start on new $275 million medical park

MINOT, N.D.--The rezoning of a piece of Trinity Health's property in southwest Minot would be a major step toward breaking ground on a new medical park, which is expected to begin in earnest next spring.

R. Wayne Estopinal, president of TEG Architects, stands in front of schematics of the new medical park as he discusses the progress with the project Monday.Photo by Jill Schramm / Minot Daily News
R. Wayne Estopinal, president of TEG Architects, stands in front of schematics of the new medical park as he discusses the progress with the project Monday. Photo by Jill Schramm / Minot Daily News

MINOT, N.D.-The rezoning of a piece of Trinity Health's property in southwest Minot would be a major step toward breaking ground on a new medical park, which is expected to begin in earnest next spring.

The Minot Planning Commission voted Monday night to recommend the Minot City Council grant Trinity's request to rezone 43.48 acres along 37th Avenue Southwest from agricultural to general commercial.

"This is just another mile marker along the way," said Randy Schwan, a Trinity vice president. This marker indicates pre-construction work is finishing up, and Trinity is ready to push forward with the project, he said.

The project is "very much on schedule," said R. Wayne Estopinal, president of TEG Architects, which has been in charge of the design. "We are really progressing very well. We have gone from this overall concept idea to more of a schematic design."

TEG plans numerous meetings this week with various hospital department heads and staff to refine the interior details. Meanwhile, general contractor Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis, is holding an open house Tuesday, Nov. 1, for contractors and subcontractors. Mortenson is a leading builder of healthcare, sports and cultural facilities in the United States, with projects that include the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in the Twin Cities, the Alerus Center in Grand Forks and the newly constructed Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

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Trinity expects the $275 million construction project to be one of the largest in Minot's history and to have significant economic impact in bringing in trades people from around the region. The construction plan also involves many modules being built off site and brought in for installation.

Site preparation will begin this fall. Actual construction is to start in the spring and take just over 2.5 years, finishing in 2019.

"It's a very complex project. Quite truthfully one of the most complex in the country," Estopinal said.

The project covers more than a million square feet, with 850,000 square feet enclosed. It calls for a connected six-story hospital and clinic building, along with a spacious three-story facility for behavioral health services.

Plans call for 208 beds throughout the center, including 157 nursing beds, a 20-bed intensive care unit and an emergency/trauma center with 27 treatment bays. The site area covers 76 acres and will include more than 1,900 parking spaces.

The hospital currently has 251 licensed beds, with 165 licensed beds in its St. Joseph facility, which serves rehabilitation, mental health and chemical dependency patients.

Before any construction occurs above ground, contractors will be excavating 60 to 80 feet and putting in lower level parking, with columns to support the building.

"There will be a lot of activity out there but it will be a number of months before you start seeing much coming above ground," Estopinal said. "It will be a number of months before you start to see steel being set."

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The proposed construction is considered the first phase of the project. Trinity plans future construction of ancillary structures and additional medical buildings.

Schwan said Trinity also has begun reviewing the future of its existing medical complex. He said discussions have begun with the city for retooling Trinity's downtown buildings as part of the city's disaster resilience program. Trinity also is considering where it might keep a presence in Minot outside of the new medical complex and what departments or services might be located there.

A schematic from TEG Architects shows the proposed Trinity Health medical park to come under construction in the spring.Submitted drawing
A schematic from TEG Architects shows the proposed Trinity Health medical park to come under construction in the spring. Submitted drawing

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