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Sanford Medical Center Fargo's 4,000-square-foot lobby vaults to 44 feet at its highest point and serves as the medical center's front door. IMAGE: SANFORD MEDICAL CENTER FARGO

Fargo’s newest landmark: Inside the Sanford Medical Center

You’ve seen the outside of the new Sanford Medical Center, the 11-story, $494 million hospital that’s just south of Interstate 94.

Now, here’s the inside.

These pictures give an idea of what the medical center’s interior looks like, as well as some insight into the thinking behind the design.

Some background:

Sanford Medical Center opened on July 25, 2017. The building was one of the largest private-industry construction projects in the history of the Dakotas, Sanford Health reports.

The 284-bed facility has the capacity to add another 96 beds in the future. That would bring the total to 380 beds.

The medical center is an Adult Level II Trauma Center. The facility is pursuing a Level 1 Trauma verification, “which would make Sanford the only facility in North Dakota to garner this distinction,” according to Sanford Health.

“In fact, there is currently not a Level I Trauma Center geographically located from Minneapolis to Seattle.”