Downtown Rochester’s recent additions
• Gonda Building: Mayo Clinic started construction of the Gonda Building at 200 First St. SW in 1998. Mostly funded by gifts from the Gonda family, the now 21-floor building was estimated to cost $300 million. It was completed in 2001.
• Broadway Plaza: Royal Management built and opened the 29-floor Broadway Plaza tower in 2004 for Rochester Development Inc., which is owned by Juma Al Majid of Dubai. It offers 145 extended-stay units, which range in size from one to five bedrooms.
• Minnesota BioBusiness Center: A groundbreaking was hosted in December 2007 for the Minnesota BioBusiness Center, 221 First Ave. SW. The city-owned, $27 million, eight-story building at 221 First Ave. SW opened its doors in 2009. The goal of the building was to help energize the biobusiness industry and spur more activity in downtown Rochester. The hope was that it would help keep Mayo Clinic-related businesses in the Med City instead of watching them go to other states, as ones such as powerhouse Exact Sciences did in the past.
• Mayo Clinic’s Richard O. Jacobson Building: The $185 million Richard O. Jacobson Building opened at 100 Second St. NW in 2016. It houses the $188 million proton beam cancer treatment program. Philanthropist Richard O. Jacobson donated $100 million to help launch the program.