The University of North Dakota broke ground for the new $122 million School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) building Thursday, June 12, 3 p.m. Taking part in the groundbreaking with UND President Robert Kelley and UND Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Joshua Wynne were North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. Ray Holmberg, Sen. Robert Erbele, Sen. Judy Lee, Mayor Michael Brown, and CEO of Altru Health Systems and Chair of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Advisory Committee Dave Molmen.
The facility, which is being constructed on the southwest corner of the intersection of North Columbia Road and Gateway Drive, will be the new home for the SMHS. The 325,000-gross-square-foot facility will incorporate, for the first time under one roof, all of the School’s departments, some of which have had to be housed in separate locations on the Grand Forks campus for lack of space at the current SMHS headquarters.
“This is an exciting and critical time in the history of the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences,” said UND President Robert Kelley. “This new building will be a significant factor in our ability to help educate the health care workforce necessary for the health and vibrancy of North Dakota’s growing population.”
The new building also will allow the School to fully implement its Health Care Workforce Initiative, a four-pronged plan to help address North Dakota’s health care workforce needs now and in the future by reducing disease burden, retaining more of the School’s graduates for practice in North Dakota, training more practitioners and improving the efficiency of the state’s health care delivery system.
“The new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building will reap major benefits for the people of the state,” said Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND SMHS. “The new facility will educate the health professionals and biomedical scientists the state needs to provide health care and improve the health of North Dakotans for generations to come.”
The project was made possible thanks to a $122.45 million allocation — spread over two biennia — from the 2013 State Legislature (plus a reserve of $1.55 million held by the State Board of Higher Education).
The new building was designed by JLG Architects, a noted regional and national firm based in Grand Forks, in partnership with the internationally recognized firms of Perkins+Will and Steinberg Architects. The architectural designers are collaborating with PCL Construction Services, a national, employee-owned firm based in Minneapolis, which was chosen by UND to provide construction manager at risk services for the SMHS project.
The new building is anticipated to be completed by July 2016.
Construction updates, including a live webcam with time-lapse video, are available at www.med.und.edu/construction/ .
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