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Saint Marys prepped for $33 million expansion

Mayo Clinic is wrapping up a year filled with construction projects by kicking off a $33 million expansion of Saint Marys Hospital.

A number of trees on the south side of Saint Marys Hospital were recently cut down to make way for this 118,000-square-foot expansion of Mary Brigh East.

It will fill the space behind Marian Hall, which is bordered by Mary Brigh on the east and south sides.

The project, which Mayo Clinic announced early this year, will provide more space for preoperative and postoperative patient care.

Besides adding space for surgical patients, it will also "… Provide mechanical space for surgery infrastructure support and will accommodate for future growth," said Mayo Clinic spokesman Bryan Anderson.

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It is expected to be completed in mid- to late-2012.

This follows last year's four-story, $4.5 million expansion to the Mary Brigh building. When it was complete, it was described as the first major addition to the footprint of Saint Marys Hospital in about 15 years.

This latest Mary Brigh expansion is just of one of many Rochester construction projects that Mayo Clinic has in the works.

Adjacent to the Mary Brigh expansion, a $25.8 million renovation and expansion of the emergency department also is expected to start soon. That expansion is intended to update the department's design and technology.

Besides renovation and remodeling projects in many buildings, the highest profile project is the $185 million Richard O. Jacobson Building near Methodist Hospital. It will house a new proton beam therapy center at the southwest corner of Second Street Northwest and First Avenue Northwest.

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