Facilities of Merit 2016: Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center Expansion

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Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center Expansion

Rochester, MN 2016
Year in Showcase: 2016

Project Description

Mayo Clinic’s vertical expansion of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center contains five levels of new program space above the existing four-level, highly utilized employee wellness center. 

In keeping with the high value that Mayo Clinic places on user experience and quality of life, the journey to personal wellness begins in the main lobby on Level 8, where a skylight allows daylight to pour over natural materials of dark-tone wood panels, marble, stone and glass. An open stair surrounded by plantings connects to a lounge area above that features a living wall and a rooftop terrace. This organic palette is further reinforced with subtle curves of the interior walls that soften the circulation patterns and connect a variety of program spaces such as physical assessment rooms, laboratories and examination rooms, exercise areas and studios, a demonstration kitchen, meditation rooms and conference space. 

From the exterior, the expansion appears seamless, as the terra cotta and glass facade span both phases and further establish the facility as a vibrant landmark on the Mayo Clinic campus. The curving south facade of the first and second phases visually relate to the curves of the adjacent Gonda Building. The three remaining facades take on a more rigid expression defined by the tight urban site.

Judge's Comments

"This project was a departure from other submittals in that it was a complex vertical expansion. Each space was thoughtfully crafted, including a stunning rooftop terrace." — Tracy Carusi

"An elegant tower constructed over an existing wellness center. A rare example of a successful second phase constructed over an existing building." — David Body

"Creative and sophisticated solutions to a complicated problem. Great materials selections and seamless connection to the existing structure." — Dave Larson

Project Details

Architect: BWBR
Architect: Dewberry
Construction Cost: Witheld
Square Feet: 106,377
Occupancy: May 2014

Exercise Mat: Airex

Fitness Center - Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: MGC Diagnostics

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: LifeSpan Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: PlybooSport

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Kitchen Stove: Vicking

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Tile X Design

Architect Of Record

St. Paul, MN

Associate Architect

Peoria, IL