- By Karl W Oestreich
Destination Medical Center (DMC) Selects Subconsultant Team
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (EDA) has selected the subconsultant team which will assist with the planning of the DMC Development Plan. The team includes:
- Master Planner – EE&K, a Perkins Eastman Company
- Infrastructure Planner – Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
- Transportation Planner – NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates
- Market Analysis and Economic-Fiscal Consultant – AECOM
“This world-class team of planners brings a broad base of experience with projects globally, nationally and throughout the state of Minnesota,” says Lisa Clarke, interim executive director, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency.
The subconsultants were evaluated based on the selection process approved by the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC). Selections were made based on the experience of the firm, capabilities of the team proposed, knowledge of the market, and strength of their response to the request for proposal among other factors.
Consideration was also given to the firm’s experience with, and capacity to coordinate with, the City of Rochester’s current comprehensive plan effort. Consultants were shortlisted by the EDA and were qualified by the DMCC Board of Directors in January 2014. “Our goal for Destination Medical Center is to create a place of extraordinary quality and value, one that builds upon the DNA of Rochester so that new development is an organic evolution and interpretation of the city's culture and character.” - Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA, EEK Design Principal.
All of the firms have a broad portfolio of national and regional experience. Transportation Planner – Nelson Nygaard – was a part of the team that completed the Rochester Downtown Master Plan. Infrastructure Planner – Kimley Horn and Market Analysis and Economic-Fiscal Consultant – AECOM – have offices in Minneapolis. Kimley Horn is in the process of opening an office in downtown Rochester.
The subconsultants will work with DMCC, the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, EDA staff, Hammes Company, the EDA’s project manager, and other consultants to advance the DMC Development Plan over the next year. A series of public forums will be held during the DMC Development Plan process to provide updates and gather input from the public as the plan progresses. The final plan will go through a formal 60-day review process in the City of Rochester and will be approved by the City Council prior to being adopted by the DMCC board.
The first public forum to introduce the consultant team will be held on Tuesday, April 22 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Center in the Grand Ballroom. A copy of the news release can be found here: DMC Selects Subconsultant Team.
Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email:[email protected]