• MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayo Clinic Grand Opening Event at Superior Drive Support Center

ROCHESTER, Minn.Mayo Clinic will be hosting a grand opening event for the expansion of the Superior Drive Support Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The expansion will add nearly 60,000 gross square feet of clinical laboratory space for Mayo’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated clinical laboratory and pathology departments.

SDSC expansionWHO: Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

WHAT: Grand Opening Event and Open House for Facility Expansion

WHERE: Superior Drive Support Center, Mayo Clinic
3050 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, Minnesota, 55901

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT, Grand Opening Ceremony
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Open House

BACKGROUND: In 2010, the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP) Space and Facilities Committee performed a comprehensive assessment of its clinical laboratory space needs through 2015. The results of that assessment identified the need for 20,000 square feet of incremental wet lab space. In 2013, this information was reaffirmed. The wet lab space on the downtown campus is near capacity, and historical trends suggest that DLMP will continue to grow at 3 to 5 percent per year.

Gina Chiri-Osmond, Mayo Medical Laboratories, 507-538-5424, newsbureau@mayo.edu

The new expansion area at the Superior Drive Support Center has two floors. Each of the two floors have approximately 29,600 square feet. A rooftop mechanical room adds 9,630 sq. ft. of space for HVAC systems. Four laboratories from the Division of Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology are relocating to this new facility: Endocrinology, Proteomics Core, Toxicology and Drug Monitoring, and a section of the Clinical Immunoassay Laboratory. This relocation frees up 23,840 net square feet in the downtown Hilton Building, which allows for strategic growth of other clinical laboratories on the Mayo campus in Rochester.

“This expansion brings four of our high-volume laboratories together in one location. The expansion and consolidation of these labs will yield higher efficiencies and stronger collaboration among staff, which will allow us to continue developing clinical tests that ultimately lead to better patient care,” says Matt Binnicker, Ph.D., chair of the DLMP Facilities and Space Committee.

About Mayo Medical Laboratories/Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories provide advanced laboratory testing and pathology services to support 5,000 health care organizations around the world. Revenue from this testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education for people from all walks of life. Complemented by collaborations with diagnostic and biotechnology companies, the department maintains a robust diagnostic test-development program, launching more than 150 new tests each year.

About Mayo Clinic
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