Mayo Clinic to build luxury hotel on top of one of its Rochester towers

The world-renowned medical facility is also adding 4 extra treatment floors.
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Rochester will soon be home to the tallest skyscraper in Minnesota outside of Minneapolis when the Mayo Clinic completes an ambitious expansion.

The celebrated medical center announced on Tuesday it plans to add an extra 11 stories to the top of its 21-floor Gonda Building in downtown Rochester in a development costing $190 million.

Of that, seven of the floors would be home to a new hotel catering for those who fly into the world-renowned clinic from across the globe.

Partnering with Singapore-based luxury property developer Pontiac Land, the Mayo says the hotel will offer "a premier hospitality experience" to patients and visitors.

The other 4 stories in the expansion will be used for treatment space, likely to provide expanded services for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the Outpatient Procedure Center.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports that the expansion would add 185 feet to the Gonda Building, bringing it to 490 feet tall in total.

That would make it the tallest building outside of Minneapolis in the state, taller than any skyscraper in St. Paul, though it would only rank 11th in Minneapolis (10th, Target Plaza South, is 492 feet tall).

The current tallest outside of Minneapolis is Wells Fargo Place in St. Paul, at 471 feet.

The Gonda Building is one of the two buildings that according to the Mayo Clinic comprises "the heart of the downtown campus," the other being The Mayo Building.

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Most of the Mayo's doctor's officers and examination rooms, as well as testing areas, are found in those two buildings.

Explaining the expansion, C. Michel Harper Jr., M.D., the executive dean of practice at the Mayo, said the clinic had seen increased demand for care across its campuses.

"We’re experiencing significant patient care space constraints on our Rochester campus, so we’re excited that this collaboration with Pontiac Land allows us to reach our expansion goals earlier to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place to provide the best possible care to our patients for generations to come."

Construction is expected to start in either 2019 or 2020, and is scheduled to be finished by 2022.

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