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Mayo Clinic announces the Gonda Building's 11-floor expansion for clinical care, a hotel, and public spaces

The addition will make the Gonda Building the tallest building in Rochester's skyline.

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 6:48 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2018 7:09 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Mayo Clinic announced Tuesday its plans to expand the Gonda Building.

The project will add 11 floors to the building. It’s a part of Mayo’s three-phase plan for the building, this construction project being the final phase.

Four floors will be used for clinical care, specifically for high-demand departments that are in need of more space, such as cancer care and surgery.

"We need this space to continue to meet that demand. Cancer care has become increasingly complicated and so the opportunity to bring new therapies to the patient at the bedside as opposed to having the patient move from place to place is going to be a real plus, we believe, to serve those patients," says Dr. Jan Buckner, head of Mayo's cancer center.

"We also have the possibility of implementing the surgical procedural practice with the medical practice. Imagine a patient coming in and never having to leave the Gonda facility to get an outpatient procedure," adds Dr. Heidi Nelson, chair of the department of surgery.

Seven floors will be used for a hotel and public spaces including restaurants and meeting areas. According to Dean of practice Dr. C. Michel Harper Jr., patients have been asking for a hospitality facility at Mayo for years. "There's a bit of a gap and that we need to meet that gap, particularly if we're going to be attracting national and international patients and compete with national competitors," he explains.

While inviting the public into Gonda with this hospitality area, Mayo is working to find ways to maintain patient privacy. Plans are still preliminary, but Mayo is expecting to have separate entrances for patients and hotel patrons.

"...To get into the gonda building but allow enough separation to be respectful for patient privacy as well as the needs to have the hotel open all the time or at hours when the Gonda Building might be closed or the practice might be closed," says Dr. Harper.

The project is a partnership with Singapore-based Pontiac Land Group. Construction is expected to begin late 2019 or early 2020 and complete in 2022. Mayo expects some inconveniences during construction, but also anticipates the building being fully functional during the process.

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