Turtle Lake Groundbreaking


Contact:Tracy Nicholson, (701) 640.3284 or tnicholson@jlgarchitects.com


Northland Health Centers to Break Ground at New Main Street Site


TURTLE LAKE, ND – May 4, 2023 On Tuesday, May 9, at 11:00 a.m., Northland Health Centers will host a public groundbreaking to celebrate the start of construction at its future Turtle Lake site on the corner of Main Street and 1st Avenue. Northland’s current clinic and administration services will consolidate and relocate to the new building, planned on the City of Turtle Lake’s land where the Train Depot used to reside. Northland is working with JLG Architects and Roers Construction, anticipating a May 2024 opening.


The new 12,000-square-foot facility will allow Turtle Lake’s Northland Health Centers to co-locate administration, medical, dental and behavioral health, while offering a multi-purpose community space. Designed by JLG Architects, Northland Health Centers will include:


  • • Check-in and waiting area
  • • Medical Clinic – three exam rooms, specialist and mental health rooms, nurse station, and lab
  • • Dental Clinic with hygiene and sterilization rooms, three operatory bays, and lab
  • • 1,000-square-foot Community Room with galley-style kitchen and serving counter
  • • Administration offices and conference space

In spearheading the project, Nadine Boe, Northland’s Turtle Lake Chief Executive Officer, was a firm advocate for the Center’s designation of gathering space to be used by the entire community – serving family celebrations, meetings, youth and senior activities, fitness classes, and health, safety, and wellness events.

“We are very excited to provide a modernized healthcare setting and fantastic community space to further invest in the future of Turtle Lake’s Main Street. We want everyone to feel welcome at Northland, and this new, more united Center will create the support, services, and connectivity we need to contribute to our community’s health and enrichment.”

Nadine Boe, Chief Executive Officer – Northland Health Centers Turtle Lake


Prior to 2023’s new construction plans, Northland’s preliminary master planning and pre-design in early 2022 explored adding clinic space and remodeling the existing administration space. In late 2022, further cost and structural analysis led Northland Health Centers to pursue the schematic design of new construction. The larger, more visible Center will efficiently consolidate the central office, medical, dental, and behavioral health care under one roof.  


Northland Health Centers worked with JLG to establish a design concept for the new building, demonstrating “Rural Healthcare in a Modern Setting.”


“The exterior of the building will fit beautifully into the existing fabric of downtown Turtle Lake, elevating Main Street with simple, modern forms and materiality that relates to the region,” explained JLG Architects’ Shauntel Fett, AIA.


About Northland Health Centers:

Northland Health Centers (NHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides healthcare services based in the North Dakota communities of Turtle Lake, Bismarck, Bowbells, McClusky, Minot, Ray, Rolette, and St. John. Northland Health Centers is a non-profit organization that delivers patient-centered, accessible, and quality-driven medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to all generations – strengthening the health status of the communities we serve, regardless of the ability to pay.  


Although NHC has access to some grant opportunities and benefits from the federal government, the Center is responsible for maintaining its own sustainability while continuing to meet all federal requirements for community health centers. NHC is one of the approximately 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers in the United States today.




About JLG Architects

In 1989, JLG Architects emerged in the Midwest as a two-person firm founded by Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen. With a “DESIGN for LIFE” approach to architecture, their integrity and vision became the firm’s catalyst for national growth in leadership, peer education, and client connectivity. Today, JLG is a national pacesetter and home to over 190 employee-owners across 10 offices. The firm is expertly engineered to advance the sectors of higher education, K12, medical, sport, wellness, and community design.


Through collaborative solutions, nurtured relationships, and environmental stewardship, the firm invokes a lifelong approach to design with unified goals at the helm: increase clients’ well-being, brand, bottom line, and sustainability. We take our clients’ success personally, driving design that engages occupants, elevates architectural standards, and enriches the lives of our clients and community. 

For more information about JLG Architects, visit jlgarchitects.com.