Article Originally Posted On Phoenix Business Journal On Feb 26, 2021
Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic is planning to build a $131 million education and research building on its Phoenix hospital campus.
This 150,000-square-foot structure is part of Mayo's $748 million expansion project that is adding more than 1.6 million square feet of buildings — which essentially will double the size of the existing hospital and create nearly 2,000 jobs.
Dr. Richard Gray, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said the new Integrated Education and Research Building will be built next to Arizona State University's $80 million Health Futures Center, which is open and beginning to move in staff.
"The two buildings will be separated by a wash, and we'll build a walkway over it," Gray told The Phoenix Business Journal. "It will be an essential part of Mayo Clinic and our 'Arizona. Bold. Forward' expansion. It will also provide some synergies in our alliance with ASU."ASU and Mayo Clinic officials have been in talks for years to build a 200-acre health campus in the area surrounding Mayo's hospital campus near Loop 101 and 56th Street in Phoenix.
"It's still on our radar because we want Arizona to be a place where everyone looks to as a model for health care transformation and as a destination to get clinical, multidisciplinary care," Gray said. "We'll continue to expand Mayo Clinic's footprint and those we can partner with very aggressively even beyond this project. We still have our eye on that in the long term."
But for now, his primary focus is to complete the expansion project that will increase the number of patient beds from 304 to 403 by 2023 and create nearly 2,000 new jobs, including the addition of nearly 200 physicians by 2029.
Philanthropic support will play a key role in the construction of the new building, which is expected to begin construction in March 2022 and be completed by 2024. The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees approved the construction project on Feb. 19.
Architekton + SLAM is the design firm for the project, while the general contractor is DPR Construction.
The new building will include 20 or more biomedical and translational research labs for 20 of the new physicians and scientists who will be hired. It also will serve as additional space for Mayo's medical school and training programs.
While Mayo hired 51 physicians and scientists in 2020, the majority of the recruiting for world-renowned experts is expected to begin soon, Gray said.
Julie Johnson, executive vice president of Colliers International in Phoenix and longtime medical office broker, said Arizonans are fortunate to have the Mayo Clinic's contributions and advancements that focus on patient care, research and education.
"Their expansion at Mayo Clinic's Phoenix campus, which has been underway for several years, will be enhanced by this additional research and education building," Johnson said. "Bioscience and health care companies in the greater Phoenix area have contributed valuable Covid research during the pandemic. The investments seen in the north Phoenix biomedical corridor, which Mayo Clinic is part of, will continue to grow and support this dynamic thriving industry. Mayo's partnership with ASU will also continue to grow and provide advanced research and education to the next generation of health-care providers and innovators."