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Architect named to plan Rochester's Destination Medical Center

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An architect with recent experience in Minnesota will lead the planning of Rochester's giant Destination Medical Center development.

The Business Journal reports Peter Cavaluzzi was named Monday as the master planner of the project that's expected to bring more than $5 billion worth of development to Rochester over the next 20 years.

As the Journal notes, Cavaluzzi earned his architecture degree at the University of Minnesota and was the lead designer of the Target Field Station project set to open alongside the Twins' ballpark next month.

Target Field Station – also called The Interchange – is a transportation hub that will serve as a community gathering place. Finance & Commerce reports Cavaluzzi has called the $85 million project "the Rockefeller Center Plaza of Minneapolis."

Caaluzzi is a principal architect with the New York-based firm EE&K. Destination Medical Center announced the selection of the master planner Monday, along with an infrastructure planner, a transportation planner, and an economic consultant.

Destination Medical Center is based on a long-term expansion of the Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester. Mayo plans to spend $3 billion on the expansion and expects that will leverage another $2 billion in private investments. Last year the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton signed off on more than $500 million in state money for infrastructure improvements in the area.

Mayo issued its own announcement about the selection of the planners, who were chosen by DMC's Economic Development Agency.

Mayo notes the newly named transportation planner, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting, also had a hand in putting together the recent master plan for downtown Rochester.

It's been less than a year since Destination Medical Center gained the green light, but expansions are already in the works. A developer rolled out plans for a 25-story downtown tower that would become the city's tallest building. Mayo plans a $72 million expansion that will add five floors to St. Mary's Hospital. And with the city's population projected to grow by 32,000, housing construction is booming in the Rochester area.

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