Trinity announces decision to change project manager for new hospital

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MINOT, N.D. - Trinity Health's Vice President, Randy Schwan, released a statement Wednesday saying the board of directors has elected to change project managers for the new hospital and medical district.

Schwan says Mortenson had been selected by the Board several months ago to work with the designers, architects and subcontractors to manage the overall project, but officials were unable to resolve significant differences in cost projections between Mortenson and other contractors involved in the project.

Schwan says the project is expected to be closer to original projections of $275 million and says work continues at the construction site, with grounds preparation and pre-construction staging.


Original press release:

Trinity Health’s Board of Directors has elected to change project managers for the new hospital and medical district. Mortenson had been selected by the Board several months ago to work with the designers, architects and subcontractors to manage the overall project, but officials were unable to resolve significant differences in cost projections between Mortenson and other contractors involved in the project.

According to Dave Kohlman, VP of Facilities at Trinity Health, the project is expected to be closer to original projections of $275 million. “Since the gap was significant we want to explore the estimates available from others to better understand these conflicting estimates and be in a position to choose alternatives,” Kohlman explained. “We do expect to remain on time with the project plan and fully intend to meet our targets; obviously the process to choose a new project manager may have some impact on that timeline but those details will become clearer in the coming weeks,” he added. Kohlman said this move was necessary to bring into alignment the project’s construction estimates with the architectural and design projections.

In the meantime, Trinity continues to make final selections on equipment and other systems scheduled to be part of the campus infrastructure. “We’re working with Johnson Controls, Inc., to help plan our low-voltage electrical systems so we can move forward in selecting those, as well,” Kohlman stated. Work continues at the construction site, with grounds preparation and pre-construction staging.

Randy Schwan
Vice President
Trinity Health