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Published March 13, 2014, 07:24 PM

New Sanford hospital to be seventh largest in the nation

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -It's a monumental day at the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center construction site as the project starts to shape right before our eyes.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -It's a monumental day at the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center construction site as the project starts to shape right before our eyes.

Before today, it was difficult to see the progress the 500 million dollar project has made...

The new building will be one of the largest hospitals in the country, requiring some of the largest equipment to construct it.

Sanford's new hospital site is now pretty hard to miss driving along I-94, because going up are some of the largest cranes in North America.

Joanna Slominski, Mortensen Construction Executive: “Just exciting that it is a really large hole, and a lot of people driving by don't see the large hole. But there is a lot happening here.”

Down where these men are working just off the interstate and east of Veterans Boulevardis a hole bigger than Target Field.

Slominski: “The baseball field itself could fit in here.”

And right now they're putting up what will soon be one of the tallest tower cranes on this continent standing at a lofty 320 feet.

Paul Richard, Sanford Fargo Medical Center president: “We're very happy that we've reached this day.”

Slominski: “Just a big day for us to see that one go up.”

They've already constructed one. And by the end of it, three cranes will be in place.

All part of the seventh largest hospital construction project in the country.

Richard: “It's spring, so it's not tulips, it's a tower crane but obviously it's a sign of a lot of stuff to happen.”

These cranes will kick construction into high gear by the end of the month 600-800 building on any given day.

Slominski: “I think it's exciting for Sanford and it's exciting for the entire state.”

A state soon to be home to the state of the art Sanford Fargo Medical Center.

The project is still on time, and on budget.

Scheduled for completion in late 2016.

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