Before the COVID-19 hit, plans called for a four-story building. But officials at the top-tier health provider say the pandemic taught them that scientific advancements need to accelerate in healthcare. The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Building will now be 11 stories and 176,000 ft2 upon its completion, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023.
“Research is a key pillar of our 2030 strategy,” Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Gianrico Farrugia said in a late April news release. “We’re committed to advancing more cures, connecting more patients to our expanded expertise, and transforming health care for people everywhere. And that transformation starts with research.”
The new building will be located at the intersection of Third St. SW and Fourth Ave. SW, with underground connectors Mayo Clinic’s the Opus and Baldwin buildings.
“The generous commitment from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, totaling $49.3 million, and gifts from other benefactors will enable us to create a building that fits into Mayo Clinic’s ‘2030 Bold. Forward.’ research priorities, supporting flexibility and growth for emerging scientific technologies. Mayo Clinic investigators will be able to discover and translate even more breakthroughs to address the unmet needs of patients,” said Dr. Gregory Gores, the Kinney executive dean for research at Mayo Clinic.
The facility will complement the 20-year Destination Medical Center project in Minnesota, in which $585 million in state and local government infrastructure funds are expected to leverage about $5 billion of private investment in Rochester.