Community Celebrates Opening of One Discovery Square in Rochester

September 19, 2019 10:46 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Destination Medical Center’s first major project is complete.

Thursday night, the public got their first look inside the One Discovery Square building. Hundreds attended the grand opening, touring the healthcare innovation campus.


Two years ago, the ground was broken on the 90,000 square foot building. DMC board members say they couldn’t be happier with its outcome.

“It's about a 38 million dollar building,” said Lisa Clarke, the Executive Director of DMC’s Economic Development Agency. “[One Discovery Square] used to be a parking ramp so it used to have cars all over the place and now here it is with new companies, new businesses, and new talent.”
The new addition to Rochester’s skyline is bringing education and medical research together under one roof.

“Our students are bringing the raw human potential and energy into this space,” said Dr. Lori Carrell, the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester.

So far, UMR, Mayo Clinic, Epic, and Café Steam have moved into One Discovery Square. Boston Scientific along with a few others are expected to move in soon.

“The main effort that we are trying to bring forth in this facility is high accessibility of novel technologies to patients,” said Dr. Atta Behfar, the Deputy Director of Translation for the Center of Regenerative Medicine. “One is going to be to continue our efforts in cancer care with different types of immune therapies.”

One Discovery Square and the potential medical breakthroughs are the starts of a larger vision.

“Which is much more than one building,” said Clarke.

A 16-block area in the city's core is being transformed into what DMC hopes will become a global destination for healthcare and medical science.

“In the Discovery Square sub-district there are many things happening,” said Clarke. “There are grocery stores, there's retail, there's housing and there are buildings like One Discovery Square. It’s an economic generator.”

The district is expected to create more than 30,000 new jobs, generating up to $8 billion in new net tax revenue over the next 35 years.

“It’s amazing and if they [Mayo Clinic employees] can help more people find answers to their health problems it will be so wonderful,” said JaNeal Smith, who has been living in Rochester for nearly 60 years.

“People think it's going to make the city so big but I’m looking forward to it,” said Katie Vansickle, who has been living in Rochester for 35 years.

DMC board members say their 20-year plan is on track and budget. The next big project is Two Discovery Square, which will be located right next to One Discovery Square. No word yet on when construction will start.


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