Rochester, Minnesota

Project Highlights

This project was born out of the implementation of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Development Plan. This plan is a collaboration between the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, the state of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and private investors that will re-invent the city of Rochester and Mayo Clinic over the next 20 years. At the heart of this development is the Discovery Square district. This district will be home to the research and development facilities that will attract talent to Rochester from around the world.

The Bioscience Building is a 92,000 square feet research laboratory building, it is the first building in One Discovery Square. The building is designed to be highly flexible and adaptable for a wide range of research functions. It will be occupied by tenants that lease space and fit-up the space to meet their particular needs. Tenants will include Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota Rochester, and multiple private companies.

The building incorporates a number energy efficient design features including energy recovery systems, ultra-high efficiency condensing units, and water-saving plumbing fixtures. The project will be LEED Certified. The project is finalizing the tenant fit-ups and will be completed at the end of 2019.

In addition to our role as mechanical and electrical engineer-of-record we also provided extensive analysis of systems to facilitate the development of the real estate pro-forma. This facility type represents a new market for the developer and therefore necessitated extensive analysis. From pre-design through design development we provided a multitude analysis for MEP systems options and building envelope options. With IES-VE, we performed those iterative analysis on-the-fly and supported the development of a successful pro forma.