Minnesota hotel to materialise from Mayo Clinic’s partnership with Pontiac Land

Mayo Clinic and Singapore-based Pontiac Land Group have partnered to kick off a long-planned expansion of the Gonda Building on Mayo’s Rochester (Minnesota) campus in the US, which will add four floors of new clinical space and seven floors of hotel space.

Preliminary plans are for construction to begin by the end of 2019 or early 2020, with the project being completed by the end of 2022. The project timeline will become available as details are confirmed.

Rendering of the expanded campus

“Our medical teams experience ongoing clinical space constraints,” said Terese Horlocker, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and chair of Mayo’s Midwest Facilities Committee. “We have explored options to accelerate the expansion of the Gonda Building. However, without a collaborator, the expansion would not be possible for at least a decade and at a significant additional cost.”

The 11-floor expansion includes four floors for new clinical space and seven floors for a premier hotel space. The four-floor clinical space expansion provides an additional 18,581m2 to accommodate current patients and meet the needs of future patients.

Through this collaboration, Mayo Clinic and Pontiac Land will engage in a joint venture for ownership of the hotel, which will be operated by a major hotel group to be identified and announced at a later date. Pontiac Land will develop the hotel space under the joint venture.

While specific plans for this development are being finalised, Mayo Clinic plans to invest US$190 million into the clinical expansion and use the additional space for expansion to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Outpatient Procedure Center.

“The collaboration will bring together two fields of complementary expertise: medical and hospitality. Each partner will be able to leverage their individual expertise to enhance the patient and guest experience. We are excited about this collaboration and look forward to delivering a distinctive hospitality experience to match Mayo Clinic’s clinical excellence, commented Philip Kwee, COO, Pontiac Land.

The Gonda family has shared their enthusiastic support for this project.
“This third and final phase of the Gonda Building fulfills Susan and Leslie Gonda’s lifelong dream for Mayo Clinic to create a one-of-a-kind, integrated destination of hope, healing and hospitality for the patients that Mayo Clinic serves,” said Lou Gonda on behalf of the Gonda families.

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