Progress continues in the St Marys Place sub-district

A few months ago, DMC developed the design process for the public realm/public infrastructure for the St. Marys Place sub-district and 2nd Street Corridor. With the data collection phase complete, we recently initiated the next step in the process: the Design Sprint.

St-Marys-PlaceThis process called for teams of stakeholders – property owners, neighborhood leaders, Mayo Clinic representatives, and city staff – to work with a team of designers to develop concepts that address issues such as pedestrian circulation (think streetscape, skyways, and tunnels), parking, and neighborhood connections.

Timeline for physical Discovery Square development taking shape

DMC could be taking physical shape in less than a year.

main-logoThe law firm of Larkin Hoffman, which opened an office in Rochester about a year ago, hosts a Real Estate Forum each year. With the DMC initiative touted as the primary development project in the state, the Minneapolis-based group decided to hold this year’s event in Rochester and make DMC the focus of their 2016 real estate discussion.

Making change possible: Urban prototyping and Transform


The Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation kicked off its ninth annual Transform Conference on Thursday, September 14 at the Mayo Civic Center. But that wasn’t the only location in downtown Rochester where innovation was taking place during the four-day conference.

Coinciding with Transform 2016 was Rochester’s first-ever urban prototyping festival dubbed Placemakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival. Co-organized by Destination Medical Center, Rochester Downtown Alliance, and the Rochester Art Center, the festival featured the creations of 16 teams representing a diverse range of backgrounds.

Transportation studies: Advancing the DMC vision

20160920_154409Four transportation consulting groups gathered in Rochester this week to observe traffic conditions and transit operations on a typical weekday and, ultimately, advance the DMC vision through first-hand knowledge of existing capabilities and future needs.

The DMC Plan identifies the need to create an integrated system of parking and transit options to better facilitate pedestrian and bicycle options and create efficient, healthy, high-amenity options that can accommodate a doubling of downtown jobs. “Infrastructure is the backbone of our DMC planning, with transportation being a critical component,” says Lisa Clarke, DMC EDA executive director. A world-class transportation network would not only improve livability for Rochester’s residents and businesses but also attract the workforce talent required to achieve the DMC vision.

Q&A with Dr. Jeanne Huddleston, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

Dr. Jeanne M. Huddleston is Mayo Clinic’s first Hospitalist, a physician whose professional focus is on the general medical care of hospitalized patients. She expanded upon that role by becoming accredited in industrial and systems engineering, statistics, and LEAN Six Sigma, among other fields of study. DMC sat down with Dr. Huddleston to learn more about her move to the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) and how she feels employing an engineering perspective might help Rochester and DMC achieve its vision of becoming America’s City for Health.

jeanne-huddleston-11692197DMC: You recently took on a role in the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. How has design thinking – CFI’s primary methodology – impacted your evolving approach to health care delivery?

Huddleston: I moved over from the Center for Science of Health Care Delivery to the Center for Innovation (CFI) because I’m very passionate about making meaningful improvements in health care delivery for our patients and our providers now. Not five years from now. Not ten years from now – but now.

Video: “Meet the Makers” for PlaceMakers!

placemakersheaderOnly a couple days to go before the face of downtown Rochester takes on a new look during the PlaceMakers Rochester Prototyping Festival.

Want to meet the “Makers” behind the creative and innovative prototypes at the festival? Check out this video and learn more about many of the projects!

The three-day festival will be held from September 15 to 17 and was developed in collaboration with Downtown Rochester, Minnesota and the Rochester Art Center.

Hope to see you there!

The Artery? SWAMP? 16 prototypes will be on display at PlaceMakers

placemakers-logo-red-w-date250Of the many prototyping proposals submitted to take part in the 2016 PlaceMakers | Rochester Prototyping Festival, 16 were selected and will be on display from September 15 to 17 near historic 3rd Street SW. Community members of all ages are invited to attend the festival and engage with the prototype designers (or “Makers”) during the three-day event.

Want to learn more about what to expect from the various prototypes? Read on!

Mayo Clinic selects developer for Discovery Square

MortLogo_400x400The DMC vision moved another step closer to becoming a reality today when Mayo Clinic announced today that it will collaborate with M.A. Mortenson, a Minneapolis-based real estate development and construction firm, on the DMC sub-district Discovery Square.

Over the next 20 years, Mayo Clinic will add 2 million square feet of space in Discovery Square for research, education, and product development.

“With [Mortenson’s] experience, they will be a fantastic partner with Mayo to spearhead the development of the six-block Discovery Square, the bioscience research, education and medical innovation campus that is the core of the DMC,” says Lt. Governor Tina Smith, DMC Corporation Board Chair. “Discovery Square, which will include Mayo and other private businesses, is a key milestone for DMC.”