ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) - As part of her Friday Rochester tour, Senator Tina Smith checked out Destination Medical Center's One Discovery Square Building.
Smith previously served as chair of the DMC board, and she says she was excited to see the new building, which opened in May.
The tenants of One Discovery Square have been a mix of medical researchers, businesses and University of Minnesota-Rochester students.
The collaboration and interaction between the industries is something DMC hopes to replicate in a second building.
"Groundbreaking will be this spring or early summer. The developer, Mortenson, is taking a big risk. They don't have any tenants yet," said Patrick Seeb, DMC economic director. "They have that much confidence that once they have a shovel in the ground, they'll be able to carry on the momentum that's happened in this building and carry it on in the second building."
"This building has really helped my education by making a collaborative space where I can work with my professors and my peers," said UMR student Krysjahn Johnson. "Not only that, it also helps me with my networking."
While the first building is not fully occupied, Seeb says those involved in DMC are encouraged by how things have gone so far.
DMC is a 20-year initiative to invest in downtown Rochester around the healthcare industry.