University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Grand Forks, North Dakota

The new School of Medicine and Health at the University of North Dakota is designed to support the future of science research and transdisciplinary learning.

  • Location

    Grand Forks, North Dakota

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  • Service


  • Client

    University of North Dakota

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  • Size

    320,000 SF

Beginning as a space utilization study to address an anticipated 30% enrollment increase over five years, it became an all-inclusive education, research, and administrative facility. Building transparency reveals four levels of state-of-the-art classrooms, flexible learning environments, simulation labs, meeting and study spaces, and combined departmental office suites. Steinberg Hart’s Health Sciences Planning Team collaborated on the project with Perkins+Will in Minneapolis, and JLG Architects in North Dakota.

As design architect, Steinberg Hart completed the programming, planning, interior design, and furniture and equipment selection. Inter-professional learning communities and collaborative research spaces bring students from eight diverse SMHS programs together. The sustainably designed building provides innovative solutions to maximizing natural light, even in the winter, while an open circulation plan encourages students and faculty to collaborate. UND is now home to the premiere health and science program in the region.


JLG Architects

PCL Construction Services, Inc.



2019 Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards, Housing Award

2019 Los Angeles Business Council Awards, Gold Award, Multi-Family

2018 Outstanding Design, American School & University

2017 AIA North Dakota, Merit Award

2017 Minnesota Physician, Health Care Architecture Honor Roll

2017 Building Design + Construction, Building Team Silver Award

2016 North Dakota Ready-Mix Concrete Association, Gold Award