- The Mayo Clinic has announced that M.A. Mortenson Co. will develop Discovery Square, the first phase in its $6 billion, 20-year "Destination Medical Center" initiative in Rochester, MN, Twin Cities Business reported.
- Project officials said Discovery Square, the first of six "sub-districts" that will make up the DMC, will feature Mayo and private-company research, commercial and product development space, as well as an "urban bioresearch campus."
- The slated completion date for Discovery Square is 2019.
Mortenson, widely thought of as a sports venue expert, recently finished construction on the new $1.1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. The 70,000-seat, 1.75-million-square-foot structure, which features a transparent roof and "the largest operable doors in the world," reached substantial completion ahead of schedule, like many of the company's projects. Mortensen was also chosen recently to build the new Minnesota United soccer stadium, the $524 million Milwaukee Bucks arena and the $1 billion Golden State Warriors arena, along with Clark Construction.
In addition to the sports sector, Mortenson also was recently selected to build a $485 million Rockford, IL hospital complex, the largest construction project in the city's history. AECOM is supplying architecture and engineering services for the project's hospital, specialty clinic, intensive care unit and Level I Trauma Center.
As of late last year, after Mortenson established a new energy storage business unit, the company became one of the only two Minnesota contractors in the large-scale battery storage business. The company said it had started to offer engineering, construction and integration services for energy storage systems "interconnected to local energy grids and behind-the-meter commercial applications."