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Published July 31, 2012, 06:19 PM

A look back at Fargo's biggest building projects

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - Sanford's new half-billion dollar facility is the biggest private building project the state has ever seen.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

FARGO, N.D. (WDAY TV) - Sanford's new half-billion dollar facility is the biggest private building project the state has ever seen.

We wanted to take a look at some of Fargo's biggest building projects over the years.

West Acres, The Fargodome, Scheels Area and Davies High School. They don't even come close.

Sanford Health's 460-bed hospital is estimated to cost $541 million.

That price blows away other big local building projects, even while adjusting for inflation.

The Sanford building will be the most expensive Fargo has seen. In fact, it's estimated to cost more than the Fargodome, Scheel's Arena, West Acres Mall, Davies High School and Essentia Health 32nd Ave campus, combined.

The Fargodome opened in December 1992 with a $48 million price tag. That would be $78 million today.

Scheel's Arena opened as the Urban Plains Center in October 2008 and cost $25 million.

West Acres Mall first opened in August 1972 and made early additions until 1979, at which time the total cost was $23 million. Adjusted for inflation, that's $105 million.

Davies High School opened August 21st of last year after three years of construction. The total cost was $44 million.

And Essentia Health's 32nd Avenue campus opened as Innovis Health in November 2000. The 104-bed hospital cost $75 million then, not including hospital equipment. That would be $87 million today.

With inflation, that's a grand total, for five of Fargo's biggest building projects, of $339 million dollars. Still $202 million shy of the more than half billion dollar medical mecca that will soon fill Southwest Fargo.

The Sanford building was originally estimated at $360 million but became a larger project with more beds, driving up the price.

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