April 6th, 2017
While the area around 13th Avenue and Sheyenne Street in West Fargo has changed dramatically over the past 50 years, a constant has been the family clinic on the corner.
The clinic will remain at its historic location, but it will soon look just a little different.
Sanford Health is planning a $3.75 million, two-phase project to expand the clinic at 13th Avenue and Sheyenne Street to more than 20,000 square feet, with more patient services and physicians.
"There was never a doubt in our mind we would build or expand the clinic in West Fargo, it was just a question of where," said Paul Richard, executive vice president, Sanford Fargo. "We ultimately concluded that it made more sense to expand on site. We were not giving up that clinic. That was my belief from the beginning."
Mike Erickson, executive director of Sanford Facilities and Support Services, said the first phase of construction is expected to start this spring on the 10,840-square-foot expansion west of the existing clinic.
Once the first phase of construction is finished in April or May 2018, phase two would include another 10,000-square-foot addition and removal of the original building and turning that area into new parking.
The original building was built in 1967 and is 16,466 square feet; Sanford purchased the building in 1995.
"Where the existing building currently is would be all new paved parking," Erickson said.
A timeline for the second phase has not yet been determined.
Richard said the current clinic location is ideal because it is close to those it serves.
"We have a philosophy around primary clinics—they should be among the rooftops, basically closer to the people that use them," Richard said. "It's been a great site for us. We just felt doing an expansion there was the right thing to do and the right decision."
The new building will allow room to add a pediatrics division to the clinic. The clinic will continue to provide women's health, family medicine and internal medicine services.
When complete, it will be home to 18 doctors and about 40 staff.
Erickson said the pharmacy would remain in the location.
There are plans to offer space for patient community education, and Sanford will continue to provide laboratory, X-ray and mammography services.
The new clinic will mirror other Sanford buildings with a collegiate gothic architectural style.
A drop-off canopy will highlight the main entrance.
West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said he's glad Sanford will remain at its historic location.
"They've been a big part of West Fargo, forever," Mattern said. "For a long time they were the only clinic out this way. I'm glad they are staying here. They are good stewards of the community."
Erickson said the new clinic will have a similar feel to the one located in Moorhead, and will also be able to use Sanford's up-to-date-technology. No patient services will be lost.
"It's the same technology and feel of Moorhead but on a smaller scale," Erickson said. "We want to make sure it's not a super clinic; it's a neighborhood clinic."
While the city and surrounding area continues to grow, Sanford officials don't rule out additional clinics in West Fargo or nearby.
"The answer to that is where but we're not exactly sure where," Richard said. "The Fargo, West Fargo, Horace, southwest metro growth is significant and will be significant for years to come. We'll grow with the cities."
JLG Architects has designed the building. McGough Construction will handle the build.