The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences building, which received total funding of $122.45 million to be spread over two biennia (plus a reserve of $1.55 million held by the State Board of Higher Education), will incorporate, for the first time under one roof, all of the school's educational, service, and research programs, some of which have had to be housed in separate locations on the UND campus for lack of space at the SMHS.
Most importantly, the approximately 378,000-gross-square-foot facility will also 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.
"This new building is a critical component of our Health Care Workforce Initiative that will help provide the health care practitioners that North Dakota needs," said Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. "It will be the place where we train doctors and other members of the health care team for clinical practice in the dynamic environment that is North Dakota."
"We are excited to work with JLG Architects on this historic project," said Randy Eken, M.P.A., associate dean for administration and finance of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. "JLG, Perkins+Will, and Steinberg Architects have proposed and have the ability to design and build a new medical school facility that will make all North Dakotans proud."