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13 January 2017

HOK and RSP Architects to Design First Phase of Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square

Mortenson has selected HOK and RSP Architects to design the first phase of Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square, an urban life science hub in Rochester, Minnesota, that will serve as an extension of Mayo Clinic’s team-based medical model.

Discovery Square will be densely populated and highly connected, designed to attract the world’s leading medical practitioners, educators, researchers and business owners. They will come together to share ideas, build and test new products, and bring companies to scale with access to Mayo Clinic and other strategic stakeholders. The project aims to bring early solutions to patients through accelerated research.

RSP and HOK will join Mortenson and a team of prominent local consultants to develop a biological and life sciences research building within the 20-block DMC sub-district. Phase 1 is estimated to be between 60,000 and 120,000 square feet. Groundbreaking on the project is planned for late 2017.

“RSP and HOK share our vision for Discovery Square and are committed to an inclusive design process,” said Jeremy Jacobs, development executive at Mortenson. “We welcome them to our team as we move forward on this tremendous project that will successfully bring together life science research, education, technology and innovation in Rochester.”

Eli Hoisington“Development of Discovery Square is a major step forward for Mayo and the world of life science research,” said Eli Hoisington, AIA, LEED AP, HOK’s design principal. “Discovery Square will be a bridge to the mission of Mayo Clinic, serving as an extension of Mayo Clinic’s team-based medical model and providing a new ‘address’ for the future of life science, research, education, technology and innovation. We are extremely excited about this opportunity to bring our experience designing innovative research environments to this globally important project.”

“We’ve gathered the best of the best, with expertise and experience across every aspect of this high-profile project,” said Jon Buggy, AIA, principal, RSP Architects. “Working together, Discovery Square will authentically represent both Mayo Clinic and Rochester and make us all proud.”


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