Trinity Hospital makes progress with construction on new health campus

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MINOT, N.D. - Contractors are hard at work building and in some places rebuilding the foundations of Trinity's new $350 million medical district and health care campus.

The additions will include a six-story hospital tower and at least 200 private rooms, and it will span 970,000 square feet.

Trinity Vice President Randy Schwan said the facility will offer the region advanced care in a range of areas.

"The new placement office and medical site will offer consolidation of many of our locations from around Minot into one modern high-tech facility that is more comfortable for patients and more efficient for staff,” Schwan said.

On a Friday evening in March, a series of propane tanks on site ignited sparking a series of explosions. No one was hurt but the incident delayed work for more than a month.

Schwan said crews are working on an accelerated schedule.

"When we started building the health campus and we went through that event it did shake, literally shook the community, but it did not shake the resolve of our board of directors though," Schwan said.

Construction crews are wrapping the entire campus now, and they expect to be working inside the campus over the winter.