University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

JLG Architects will design new School of Medicine & Health Sciences

President Robert O. Kelley has named the noted regional and national firm of JLG Architects in partnership with the internationally recognized firms of Perkins+Will and Steinberg Architects to design the new home of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). The building received endorsements and funding from the 2013 North Dakota Legislature and Governor Jack Dalrymple.

“I am very pleased that JLG Architects, working with Perkins+Will and Steinberg Architects, will help us shape the SMHS building for the future,” Kelley said. “This new building will be a significant factor in our ability to help educate the health care workforce necessary for the health and vibrancy of North Dakota’s growing population.”

The SMHS 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 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, vice president for health affairs and dean of the SMHS. “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, associate dean for administration and finance of the SMHS. “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.”

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, SMHS, 701.777.2733,

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