By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor
Mayo Clinic has finally opened its Richard O. Jacobson Building at 190 Second St., N.W., in downtown Rochester, Minn., after three years of construction work. The 100,000-square-foot building is home to the Mayo Clinic proton-beam therapy program, an innovative cancer treatment that involves pencil-beam scanning. The clinic is building a second proton-beam therapy facility at its Scottsdale, Ariz., campus, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports.
Mayo Clinic’s new therapy center in Rochester features four treatment rooms and cost more than $180 million, according to MPR News. Two of its treatment rooms will open in June 2015, a third one in December and the fourth in the spring of 2016. When working at full capacity, the clinic will be able to consult with roughly 138 patients each day and will employ about 140 new staff members.
The Richard O. Jacobson Building was built by Knutson Construction and named after a longtime Mayo Clinic patient who made a $100 million donation for the development of the facility. The Mayo Clinic hosted a grand opening of the center on May 9th, allowing reporters and experts to take a tour of the premises, according to MPR News.
Rendering courtesy of the Mayo Clinic.