Discovery Square 2 set to break ground |

Discovery Square 2 set to break ground

Updated: September 23, 2020 10:22 PM
Created: September 23, 2020 05:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Wednesday, Mortenson Construction announced the construction start of its second building in the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Discovery Square sub-district in Rochester.

The 5-story, 125,000 square-foot facility next to One Discovery Square is designed to help foster life science research and innovation.

Discovery Square 2 will build on the overwhelming success of One Discovery Square, which Mortenson opened in 2019. 

Groundbreaking on the new project is planned for late September 2020 with a target completion date in mid-2022.

“Discovery Square 2 will feature tech-forward tenant spaces designed with flexibility in mind,” said Brent Webb, development executive at Mortenson. “Developing a healthcare innovation campus with this facility increases the likelihood of and opportunity for collaboration between researchers, educators, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and others, it will help accelerate the translation of medical research from bench to bedside.”

The new building will be adjacent to One Discovery Square and the two buildings will have a physical link for tenants. Designed by RSP Architects, Discovery Square 2 will share the goal of providing an authentic urban experience that supports a unique environment for community amenities, collaborative culture and a one-of-a-kind innovative ecosystem.

“DMC’s Discovery Square strategy as a catalyst for economic development and recruitment of new businesses and talent to Rochester is unfolding in real time,” said Lisa Clarke, executive director, DMC Economic Development Agency. “The addition of Discovery Square 2 reinforces Rochester’s position as a global leader in health and a destination city for innovators and entrepreneurs.”

Discovery Square 2 will be the first building in Rochester designed for Wired Certification, a commercial real estate rating that ensures a building is optimized with superior tech capabilities for the connectivity needs of tomorrow. Wired Certification ensures strong internet connectivity to support current and future needs of tenants. 

Discovery Square 2 will be only the 11th building in Minnesota to achieve the certification.

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